Puri, Oct 21: Sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik created a sand sculpture of Goddess Durga with the message 'Prayers for the success of Gaganyaan', in Puri.
His mission plays a crucial role in India's ambitious human space program, Gaganyaan, set to launch on October 21 at 8:30 a.m.
The Gaganyaan Mission is India's maiden indigenous mission to send astronauts to space. Approximately 20 major tests are planned, including three uncrewed missions of the Human Rated Launch Vehicle (HLVM3).
Gaganyaan project envisages a demonstration of human spaceflight capability by launching a human crew to an orbit of 400 km and bringing them back safely to earth, by landing in Indian sea waters. The prerequisites for the Gaganyaan mission include the development of many critical technologies including human-rated launch vehicle for carrying crew safely to space, Life Support System to provide an earth-like environment to crew in space, crew emergency escape provision and evolving crew management aspects for training, recovery and rehabilitation of crew.