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ISRO plans to send Indian astronauts in space for seven days by 2022

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The space agency's chairman said that the cost of the mission will be under Rs 10,000 crore and most of the technology required for it is already developed.

Back in 2014, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) made a mark in the space race with its low-cost Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), also known as Mangalyaan. Since then, ISRO achieved many feats that put the country on the map when it comes to space missions and launches like the PSLV launch where 104 satellites were deployed. Now, the space agency is aiming to send an Indian astronaut on a manned mission in space for no less than seven days by 2022, while keeping the costs under Rs 10,000 crore. While this seems like a stretch, one must note that the Mangalyaan mission was pulled off on a budget of $74 million, which is way lesser than the $671 million budget of the NASA Maven mission.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi set the four-year target for ISRO and the agency’s chairman, K. Sivan told PTI, “We can achieve t…