India will build a space station and send astronauts to the moon by 2040

The Indian space probe was the first to land on the south pole of the moon on Wednesday (August 23, 2023).

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA – In recent years, India has intensified its space program. India has announced plans to build its own space station and conduct a manned mission to the moon by 2035.

Last August, India became the first country in the world to successfully land a spacecraft near the moon's south pole. Shortly thereafter, in September, they launched a probe to study the Sun.

However, manned space travel was something new. The upcoming Gaganyaan mission will see India deliver for the first time astronaut fly into space using his own abilities. Now India is preparing to begin testing vehicles designed to support human crews.

Reported EngadgetOn Friday (October 20, 2023), the country's space agency laid out plans for the first manned launch in 2025 ahead of its final mission to the moon at a meeting chaired by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. They are conducting a demonstration flight of the Crew Escape System Test Vehicle, currently scheduled for October 21, and will send the launch vehicle on three test missions without people on board.

In total, India is planning around 20 tests before sending astronauts into space. The country is also building new launch pads and next-generation launch vehicles to achieve further goals.

Apart from establishing the Bharatiya Antariksha Station or Indian space station India will launch a manned mission to the moon in 2035 and is also planning interplanetary missions in 2040. Modi also expressed interest in developing a Venus orbiter and a Mars lander.