India’s space research programme is no longer a male bastion. Three women scientists – Seetha Somasundaram, Nandini Harinath, and Minal Rohit – with their zeal and enthusiasm have carved out a niche in the male-dominated field.
These women have been credited with making India’s first interplanetary mission – the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM)a reality. On November 5, 2013, ISRO launched the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) or Mangalyaan. The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) was India’s first interplanetary mission. It cemented India’s place in space research.
In a short film named Snapshots from Afar, three women scientists from the MOM team talk about the details of the mission and how it finally took shape in limited time.
“Every launch gives me butterflies in the stomach,” said Nandini Harinath, Project Manager, Mission Design and Deputy Operations Director, Mars Orbiter Mission.
Seetha Somasundaram, the Program Director of the ISRO Space Science Program Office, said she will never forget the program in all her life.
Clearly, their story is amazing and inspiring. The success achieved by them is a motivation for others to do the same.
Here’s the video: