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India unveils ambitious plans to launch its own space station

Project comes as it prepares for second unmanned moon landing and human missions

The International Space Station is a joint project from the space agencies of the U.S., Russia, Europe, Japan and Canada. India’s planned space station would weigh 20 tons and astronauts could live in it for up to 20 days.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- India on June 13 announced ambitious plans to launch its own space station, a project that could take about a decade to complete.

India's space agency chief said the space station will be an extension of the country's Gaganyaan program, which aims to send a human mission into space before August 2022, India's 75th anniversary of independence from British rule.

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