Samantha Cristoforetti

Samantha Cristoforetti sent a Message from space on India’s 75th year of Independence


Messages are flooding in from all across the world as India celebrates its 75th anniversary of independence, but one of them originated from another planet. Samantha Cristoforetti, an astronaut who now resides and works on the International Space Station, congratulated the nation on the momentous occasion.

Samantha Cristoforetti congratulated India on its 75th anniversary of independence in a video greeting, noting that for many years, international organisations and the Indian Space Research Organization (Isro) had collaborated on several space and research projects.

“The cooperation continues today as Isro works on the creation of the future NISAR Earth Science Mission that will help us track catastrophes and helps us obtain a better understanding of our changing climate,” Samantha stated in reference to the two significant projects that Isro is working on.

The Indian and American space agencies are working together to build the Nasa Isro SAR Mission (NISAR), which will follow major natural disasters throughout the world and offer data to help with damage assessment and mitigation. The satellite will track the planet’s surface movements and provide information about the internal processes.

A method for creating high-resolution pictures from a radar system with low resolution is known as synthetic aperture radar (SAR). The L-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (L-SAR) from NASA and the S-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (S-SAR) from ISRO will both be fully functional synthetic aperture radar instruments that will be installed on the NISAR spacecraft.

The ambitious Gaganyaan mission, which is expected to make its first unmanned orbital trip next year, was also discussed by the Italian astronaut. In a video posted by Isro, she wished the organisation well as it worked on the Gaganyaan mission and prepared to launch astronauts into space on behalf of NASA, the European Space Agency, and all other organisations.

India is testing the Gaganyaan mission parameters until the very end. Isro tested the Crew Escape Mechanism, a system to evacuate the Gaganyaan crew module with astronauts in the event of an emergency, earlier this week. It will be powered by the Low Altitude Escape Motor. Before the first unmanned orbital flight, Isro will carry out two unmanned abort flights.

She went on to say that one of our collective goals for the future of space exploration is to strengthen our collaboration with Isro and explore the cosmos together.