Independence Day greetings from space

OXFORD: India was greeted on Saturday on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of its independence from an unusual quarter — space.

Speaking from the

International Space Station

at an altitude of 408km above the earth and zooming at a speed of 28,000kmph, 45-year-old Samantha


, an astronaut of the European Space Agency (ESA), said: “Greetings from the International Space Station.’’

Cristoforetti, who is of Italian origin, added: “It is a pleasure to congratulate India on 75 years of independence. For a decade, international space agencies have co-operated with the Indian Space Research Organisation on many space and science missions. That cooperation continues today as


works on the development of the upcoming Nisar earth science mission that will help us to track disasters and get a better understanding of our changing climate.”

Nisar is a joint Nasa-Isro synthetic aperture radar mission which is an earth observation satellite.

“On behalf of ESA, Nasa and all international partners, I would like to wish (the) best of luck to Isro as it works on the Gaganyaan mission and gets ready to send humans to space,” Cristoforetti said. “Expanding our partnership with Isro and exploring the universe together is a goal for all of us for future space explorations,” she added.

Thank you @NASA, @esa, and all the partners of the International Space Station👋 @Space_Station for the wishes on…

— ISRO (@isro) 1660356241000

“Thank you @NASA, @esa, and all the partners of the International Space Station @Space_Station for the wishes on #AzadiKaAmritMahotsav,” Isro tweeted in response to the greetings.

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