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Women Scientists Leading Chandrayan 2 – Their footsteps to Moon

It’s only the second lunar mission of India, and we have major participation of the women in the team of scientists that were responsible for the entire mission. Women’s heading some of the most vital roles for such an ambitious mission for the country is a huge thing to cheer about.

This will inspire a lot of young ladies to chase their dreams, and the success stories of these women scientists who featured in the team of scientists that were held responsible for the launch of Mangalyan-2 will be remembered for ages to come.

Though the launch of the mission is slightly delayed from the original date it was planned to happen, but there is absolutely nothing to worry as the senior officials stated that it was on account of a minor technical glitch.

The remarkable thing about this mission is that Project Director and Mission Director of the Rs 978 crore Chandrayaan-2 are both women scientists, I mean you will not come across such things daily. A once in a lifetime event on which the hopes of millions are fixed upon and this event of many auspices will be led by two women scientists, what a moment this is for each and every woman of this country, of course, they aren’t related to the mission directly but the mere feeling that this will be led by someone among them is heading the mission is rejuvenating.

Ritu Karidhal is the Mission Director of Chandrayaan -2, Ritu has been a part of ISRO since 2007 and is responsible for the smooth conduct of the mission as the deputy operation director of the mission. Ritu was deeply inspired by the Mars orbital mission which India launched back in time since then she was determined that she has to do something remarkable for her country.


M Vanitha, the Project Director of Chandrayaan-2, is the second in command for this mission. She is a part of the Institution for a long time, having bagged the best women scientists an award in 2006, she brings loads of experience with her. Before this, she has headed the Telemetry and telecommand divisions.

You may think this is all we have in the kitty for you, well no. 30 percent of the team responsible for the successful conduct of the mission was constituted of women members, the figures from the 2014 missions were nowhere close to this mark, and this is a thing to cheer about. It was said by Ritu who is the lead command for this mission that it was deliberately planned to increase the women’s participation in the crew of this mission.

Though it is overwhelming to see the increased level of participation of women in a mission which is of great significance for the nation, and we all must appreciate the fact that women have emerged over time and proved that they are no less of the masculine gender and can be equally worthy regarding efficiency. Our next focus should be on achieving equal participation of women as compared to men.

  • Swagata Mukherjee
    Posted at 16:35h, 15 July Reply

    Such an inspiration to thousands of young minds cherishing the dream of research

    • eeleanor
      Posted at 04:02h, 18 July Reply

      We are proud to have such minds in India.

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