Four Indians will soon travel to Russia to learn to cope during a space journey on-board Gaganyaan. Food and drinks are among the things these space travellers (pilots of the Indian Air Force selected for training) must get accustomed to. The Mysore-based Defence Food Research Laboratory has prepared food and beverages through a special scientific process. And the cuisine comprises some popular Indian dishes.
The Indian Space Research Center (ISRO) is busy preparing for the country’s first manned space mission. It is trying vigorously to meet the deadline of 2022 given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
According to the menu that has been made public for the first time, Indians travelling in Gaganyaan will be given egg rolls, vegetarian rolls, idli, moong dal, pudding and vegetarian fried rice. The Gagnayaan passengers will carry water and juice with them to quench their thirst.
There will be a provision to heat the food inside Gaganyaan. As the earth’s gravitational potential in space wanes, Gaganyaan has also designed special vessels that will hold food and water for astronauts.
On 15 August 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced from the Red Fort that India would move steadfastly in the field of space in the coming times. He had said that India would send at least one of its citizens to space in 2022. Modi had named this campaign ‘Gaganyaan’, speaking from the Red Fort.
ISRO chairman K Sivan has said that four astronauts have been selected who will train in Russia. He said that a National Advisory Committee had been formed for Gaganyaan.
January of 2022 is set for the manned space flight. As per the initial plan, Russia was supposed to select four of the 12 potential Indian space passengers to be selected for the Gaganyaan mission and will also train them there. But Dimitra Rogozin, Director-General of Russian special agency Rosskomos, and India’s National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval met in Moscow in August 2019 and agreed to a proposal to prepare four Indian astronauts for a special mission at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre in Moscow.
Earlier, in January last year following media reports that the ISRO, sensitive to animal rights, would send a humanoid for space travel on Gaganyaan to test how the passengers cope with the conditions, the country’s space agency had said it would test real human beings too, albeit subsequently. It was decided that the astronauts on the human space mission Gaganyaan will mostly be pilots.