Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will participate in the Republic Day parade after an immensely successful year marked by two historic launches.
The space agency’s tableau will showcase its successful landing on the Moon in August 2023, with the Indian flag marking the Shiv Shakti point. The tableau will also have smaller displays of India’s first mission to study the Sun, along with its upcoming Gaganyaan mission and Bharatiya Antariksh Station.
Once it successfully demonstrates human spaceflight, India has set a target of 2035 for its own space station.
While the tableau will demonstrate the successes of the space agency, it will also seat eight women scientists who have made these missions possible. According to officials, 212 other women scientists from the space agency will also be in attendance at the parade.
Officials in the know of things said: “The tableau and the list of invitees is a reflection of the Prime Minister’s penchant for women empowerment. Around 200 women, who will participate in the event, will include recognisable faces like Nigar Shaji, the mission director for Aditya L1.”
The name Shiv Shakti for the point on the Moon, where India touched down, was also to signal this same inclusivity and gender equality.
On August 23, 2023, India became the fourth country to successfully soft-land on the surface of the Moon, making it the first nation to do so near the southern pole of the Moon. It was declared National Space Day to mark the historic achievement. After the achievements of 2023, the space agency is aiming higher.
While ISRO is working on several ground tests, test vehicle missions, and unmanned flights in preparation of sending astronauts to space, it plans to launch the first components of its space station by 2028. The space agency is also working on heavier-lift launch vehicles for other components needed to set up the space station by 2035.
The Moon missions will continue with Chandrayaan-4 being a sample-return mission, where the spacecraft will bring back Moon rocks and soil.