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The Gaganyaan program (from Sanskrit gagan (sky) + yāna (craft)) is an Indian attempt to sent Indians into space using indigenous technology. Until today, Indians (and other people of Indian descent) have gone to space using foreign spacecraft.
  • Rakesh Sharma: flown into space onboard Soyuz T-11 (1984). He is still alive at the age of 73.
  • Kalpana Chawla: flown into space twice onboard Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-87 in 1997, STS-107 in 2003). She died onboard Columbia in 2003.
  • Sunita "Suni" Williams: flown into space twice, one onboard Space Shuttles (STS-116/STS-117) and one onboard Soyuz TMA-05M. She has spent 321 days, 17 hours and 15 minutes in space and is expected to fly again onboard a Boeing Starliner spacecraft.
  • Raja Chari: recently flown into space onboard Crew Dragon Endurance (Crew-3 in 2021).
Addendum (2022-02-08): Ravish Malhotra was a backup crew for Rakesh Sharma during the Soyuz T-11 mission. While he has never gone into space, he had trained to be a cosmonaut in the USSR.

Addendum (2022-05-06): Raja Chari came back to Earth this day.
The first unmanned mission of Gaganyaan is expected to launch this year after Chandrayaan-3.

Addendum (2022-02-08): ISRO space travellers travelling onboard Gaganyaan will be called "vyomanauts" (portmanteau of Sanskrit vyoman (outer space) and English astronaut).
 
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one or two people of Indian origin will go into space next year. Mission infrastructure tests will be carried out before the end of this year

at the same time, a female robot Vyommitra will be sent into space (in 2022)
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