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Indian women have achieved a groundbreaking milestone in science as they played a pivotal role in Chandrayaan 3’s moon landing success, underscoring the need for more women in STEM fields. The historic achievement on August 23, with the Indian spacecraft successfully landing on the moon’s south pole, showcases the brilliance and cultural diversity of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

While strides have been made for women in various professions, the numbers remain low in STEM, where their contributions often go unrecognized. However, ISRO’s women scientists deserve recognition for their exceptional accomplishments. From Chandrayaan-1 and 3 to Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) and ASTROSAT missions, ISRO has launched numerous satellites, with a significant contribution from talented women across roles like scientists, engineers, directors, and technical staff.

Among these remarkable women is Anuradha TK, a senior scientist at ISRO since 1982, known for her innovative methods of controlling geosynchronous satellites. Ritu Karidhal, dubbed India’s ‘Rocket Woman,’ led Chandrayaan-2 and played a crucial role in the Mars Orbiter Mission. Nandini Harinath, with a two-decade career at ISRO, excels as a rocket scientist, and Moumita Dutta’s expertise in optical and infrared sensors significantly contributed to ISRO’s success.

Minal Rohit, who assisted in launching the Mangalyaan spacecraft to Mars, showcases ISRO’s impressive talent pool. Muthayya Vanitha’s three-decade journey at ISRO saw her rise to overseeing divisions and satellites. Dr. V. R. Lalithambika, an Advanced Launch Vehicle Technology expert, boasts extensive experience in rocket systems and has been part of numerous space missions.

These women not only contribute to ISRO’s achievements but also serve as role models, encouraging the next generation of female scientists to pursue STEM careers. Their accomplishments emphasize the significance of diversity and gender equality in pushing the boundaries of space exploration and scientific innovation.

Re-reported from the article originally published in Elle