Moong Dal Halwa, Idli In Zero Gravity: List Of Food Items For Astronauts Of India’s First Human Space Mission

Swarajya Staff

Jan 07, 2020, 05:19 PM | Updated 05:19 PM IST

Samples of food items and heater prepared for ISRO astronauts (Picture via ANI)
Samples of food items and heater prepared for ISRO astronauts (Picture via ANI)

The Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL) has prepared several food items including Egg rolls, Veg rolls, Idli, Moong dal halwa, and Veg pulav for the astronauts scheduled to on India’s first manned space mission ‘Gaganyaan’, Asian News International (ANI) tweeted.

The laboratory situated in Karnataka’s Mysore is also going to provide them with food heaters to carry on mission ‘Gaganyaan’.

Considering the difficulties faced by astronauts due to no gravity in space, special containers have also been developed to help them drink liquids such as water and juices.

Earlier on 1 January, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) selected four astronauts for its mission ‘Gaganyaan’, which will soon begin their training in Russia.

While stating that a lot of progress has been made in the Gaganyaan mission, the ISRO chief said, “There will be several tests that we'll do this year. Also, the final four astronaut-elects have been selected and they'll begin training in Russia from third week of January.”

Sivan further informed that the ISRO is aiming for the first unmanned flight of Gaganyaan this year. He also allayed fears that the ISRO’s ambitious projects will hamper other missions and said that the space agency plans to execute more than 25 missions this year.

According to reports, India had picked 12 test pilots, who cleared level-1 screening, in the first week of September for the human spaceflight programme that envisages to send Indian astronauts to space by 2022.

The 12 candidates were selected by the Institute of Aerospace Medicine (IAM) from the 60 applicants after the first round of screening. Of these, final four were selected by the Glavkosmos - a subsidiary of Roscosmos State Corporation (Russia’s space agency), after other rounds of screening.

The Glavkosmos and ISRO’s Human Space Flight Centre (HSFC) in July had finalised an agreement that will see the Russian agency provide advanced training to Gaganyaan astronauts.

“Since training will happen both in India and Russia, Glavkosmos also screened the astronauts,” a source was quoted in the report as saying.

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