Muthayya Vanitha

Women behind the Chandrayaan-2 Mission:

Chandrayaan-2, India’s Moon mission, has been launched from Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota. Chandrayaan-2 is India’s second lunar exploration mission after Chandrayaan-1. Developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), this mission was led by two women scientists of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

Muthayya Vanitha, Project Director, was leading the Chandryaan-2 and on the other hand, Ritu Karidhal was working as Mission Director. On the other hand, Mission Director Ritu Karidhal was earlier working as Deputy Director of the Mars Mission. This was the first time that women power is heading this much of highly important ISRO mission.

GSLV Mk-III-M-1 is carrying three robotics to the Moon on 22 July 2019 at 2.43 PM IST. It consists of a lunar orbiter, lander and rover, all developed in India. The main scientific objective is to map the location and abundance of lunar water.

Muthayya Vanitha & Ritu Karidhal have been associated with ISRO, for the last two decades. Before this, they were part of several launches as well as the advancement of sub-systems for satellites. ISRO has earlier had women project directors for the launch of communication and other satellites.

Muthayya Vanitha