On Tuesday (Oct. 17), India declared its intention to send an astronaut to the Moon by 2040.

The space department received directives from  Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi that include ideas for a space station by 2035. 

Prime Minister Modi also called on scientists to work on missions to Venus and Mars.

Prime Minister's Office, Modi spoke at a high-level meeting on Tuesday to assess the Gaganyaan Mission's success and to lay out the country's future space exploration plans.

India is now aiming for new and ambitious targets, according to the Prime Minister, following the Chandrayan-3 and Aditya L1 Missions.

By 2035, there will be a "Indian Space Station," and by 2040, the first Indian will travel to the moon.

The Gaganyaan Mission was described in detail by the Department of Space, which also included a range of already available technology.

There are plans for Human Rated Launch Vehicle (HLVM3). On October 21, the Crew Escape System Test Vehicle will conduct its initial demonstration flight.

The space department will create a roadmap for Moon exploration in order to realize the 2040 objective. 

This will include the creation of a Next Generation Launch Vehicle (NGLV) and a number of Chandrayaan missions.

The development of a new launch pad, the establishment of human-centered laboratories, and the development of related technologies.