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These Are The Incredible Women Responsible For The Successful Launch Of Chandrayaan-3, India

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India created history when the Chandrayan-3 lunar mission successfully landed on the moon on August 23, 2023. As the country rejoices in its success, here are the incredible female scientists and engineers who played a key role in the successful launch of Chandrayaan-3 on the moon. These women have shattered the glass ceiling and proved that the sky is not just the limit.


source: NDTV

A senior official of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), while talking about the women in the project stated that the mission had 54 female engineers and scientists who are working directly with Chandrayaan 3. He added that they were spread across various roles, including associates, deputy project directors, and project managers for various systems, and were deployed at different centers.

Kalpana K 


Source: She The People

She is an Aerospace engineer, working as the Deputy Project Director of the Chandrayan-3 mission in the Indian Space Research Organization, She was instrumental in designing and optimizing the lunar lander systems. She was born in Bengaluru and graduated in aeronautical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. She has been instrumental in the construction of various satellites of India and was involved in the Chandrayaan-2 and Mangalyaan missions.

Nandini Harinath


source: Telegraph India

She has worked on 14 missions over 20 years at ISRO. She is the Project Manager, Mission Designer and served as Deputy Operations Director on the Mars Orbiter Mission, also called Mangalyaan, which successfully placed a spacecraft in orbit around Mars in 2014. Nandini was first introduced to science through the popular series Star Trek on television. 

Moumita Dutta 


source: Get Bengal

She works as an Indian Physicist at the Space Applications Center(SAC) and as a scientist and engineer at the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). She specializes in the development and testing of Optical and IR sensors/instruments/payloads (i.e. cameras and imaging spectrometers). Moumita was part of the team Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) to put a probe into orbit around Mars in 2014 and played a significant role in the development of one of the five payloads of MOM. 

Ritu Kharidal


Source: wikibio

Ritu has worked for ISRO for over 25 years. She significantly contributed to the development of India’s Mars Orbiter Mission, Mangalyaan, as Deputy Operations Director by dealing with the detailing and execution of the craft’s onward autonomy system. She is among one of the distinguished groups known as ‘ROCKET WOMEN OF INDIA’. She has been conferred honoris causa (an honorary doctorate) D.Sc. by Lucknow University during the annual convocation 2019.

Anuradha T K


source: PMI

Born in Bangalore, Karnataka. She is a veteran rocket scientist who began her career in 1982 and the first woman to become a satellite project director at ISRO. She worked as a project director of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), specialized communication satellites. She has worked on the launches of the satellites GSAT-12 and GSAT-10.

Minal Rohit



She works as a systems engineer at the  Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and played a vital role in sending the Mangalyaan space probe to Mars. She was a gold medalist in electronics and communication engineering from Nirma Institute of Technology and Science, Ahmedabad.

Muthayya Vanitha.


source: vogue India

She has led various projects on satellites at the Indian Space Research Organization while working as an electronics system engineer. She took on the role of deputy project director for several satellites including Cartosat-1, Oceansat-2, and Megha-Tropiques, where she was responsible for data operations. Vanitha contributed to the success of Mangalyaan mission to Mars in 2013. 

V R Lalithambika


source : Times Of India

She works as a specialist in Advanced  Launcher Technologies and headed the mission by 2022. She was also the director of Human Space Flight Center (HFSC) and was in charge of the planning and implementation of India’s human spaceflight program.


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