Indians reach for the Sanskrit to give their own astronaut a name


In the U.S., a space traveler is called an Astronaut. In the Russia, a space traveler is called an Cosmonaut. In the China, a space traveler is called an Taikonaut. What you would call, a space traveler in India “Gaganauts” or “Antarikshyatri”. India is searching for a Sanskrit-based word for a spaceman as its top scientists draw up plans for the country’s first manned mission into the cosmos. The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro), its equivalent of Nasa, said yesterday that it would be ready to send a man into orbit by 2014 and to the Moon by 2020.

Russia has its cosmonauts, America its astronauts and China, since 2003, its “taikonauts”. Could “gaganauts” be next?

India is searching for a Sanskrit-based word for a spaceman as its top scientists draw up plans for the country’s first manned mission into the cosmos.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro), its equivalent of Nasa, said yesterday that it would be ready to send a man into orbit by 2014 and to the Moon by 2020 — four years earlier than China.


The organisation’s experts are due to discuss their options with other scientists at a meeting next week, according to S. Krishnamurthy, the director of information for Isro.

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3 Comments

  1. It’s about time! Hope the rockets don’t explode. Just kidding!

  2. But really, What’s in a name? Why can’t we call our astonauts just that – Astronauts? Or, am I frustrated at the recent re-naming spree of cities and states?? 🙂

  3. @Slim

    Come on…:)

    @Ajay

    Well its not about re-naming of cities it just trying to have our own name if we send any one to space like all the countries china, USA, Russia have. So I would love to have gaganauts for India.


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