Women form nearly one-third of Chandrayaan-2 team

The first images of 'Baahubali', India's heaviest rocket GSLV MkIII-M | Photo: IANS

Chennai: A good measure of women's power is driving India's Rs 978 crore second moon mission, the Chandrayaan-2, with the project director and the mission director also being women.

"Nearly 30 per cent of the members working on the Chandrayaan-2 mission will be women," K Sivan, chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) had told the media earlier.

The project director is M Vanitha, an electronics systems engineer, shouldering the entire responsibility of the Chandrayaan-2.

Initially Vanitha, who was responsible for data handling systems for India's remote sensing satellites, was reluctant to accept the historical responsibility.

However, at the persuasion of M Annadurai, then director, ISRO Satellite Centre, she agreed.

On the other hand, mission director Ritu Karidhal, a master's degree holder in aerospace engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, was the deputy operations director for the Mars mission.

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