• Tuesday, December 06, 2022


Woman power in India’s ISRO space race

Indian staff from the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) celebrate after the Mars Orbiter Spacecraft (MoM) successfully entered the Mars orbit at the ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) in Bangalore in 2014. (Photo by: Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images)

By: Lauren Codling

by Lauren Codling A LEADING female scientist at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has said working to solve the everyday problems of the people of her country is what drives her. Moumita Dutta, 40, is one of India’s top space scientists and was part of the team that worked on the acclaimed Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) which was launched in 2013. Dutta, who has worked with ISRO for 12 years, was a project manager on the mission and was responsible for the development of the optical system. “The basic purpose [of working for ISRO] is solving tomorrow’s problem,” Dutta…

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