Isro Chairman Somanath says there will be an Indian astronaut on the moon by 2040

According to an article, the chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro), S Somanath, plans to send Indian astronauts to the moon for the first time by 2040. For the mission, four Indian Air Force test pilots have been chosen as astronaut designates.
His article for the Manorama Yearbook 2024 was published last week. “Looking ahead, Isro aims to take the next step in space exploration with the Gaganyaan programme, planning to launch a crew of 2 to 3 Indian astronauts into Low Earth Orbit (LEO) for up to three days before safely returning them to a predefined site in Indian waters,” he wrote.