Meet M Vanitha and Ritu Karidhal, women behind Chandrayaan-2
India launched yesterday’s Chandrayaan-2 mission and the nation celebrated the achievement as well as the females behind the mission. Two women, M Vanitha and Ritu Karidhal, led the ISRO expedition for the first time in India’s space mission history.
India marked another extremely proud time in history as ISRO introduced its second mission to the moon, Chandrayaan-2.
The Chandrayaan-2 was introduced at Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh on board GSLV (Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle) Mark-III from the Satish Dhawan Space Center to continue to the South Polar region of the Moon.
As the nation celebrates the proudest time, people are also praising the wonderful minds behind the mission’s achievement, and they are two incredible women behind chandrayaan-2.
For the first time in the history of India’s space mission, two women led the ISRO expedition. While Muthayya Vanitha is the manager of the project, Ritu Karidhal is Chandrayaan-2’s mission manager.
And the amazing achievement of this mission does not end there. As 30% of the women’s team working on it is the first space mission of India to be led by women researchers.
Twitter celebrated this incredible feat by hailing these ace women researchers, who through years of hard work made this task possible.
— Nawazuddin Siddiqui (@Nawazuddin_S) July 22, 2019
— Raunak S (@RonInDune) July 22, 2019
Project Director: Vanitha Mutthayya Mission Director: Ritu Karidhal
— Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) July 22, 2019
These two women are real inspiration for many other women who want to build a career in STEM, as many Twitter users have pointed out.
While the electronics and communications engineer M Vanitha spent 32 years at ISRO, the aerospace engineer Ritu Karidhal spent 22 years at ISRO.
The GSLV Mark-III rocket, nicknamed Baahubali, is India’s second moon mission after Chandrayaan-1, launched nearly ten years earlier.
We heartely congratulate M Vanitha And Ritu Karidhal, two ‘superwomen’ behind ISRO’s moon mission