Meet The Team Behind India’s Moon Mission Chandrayaan-3

Team Behind India's Moon Mission Chandrayaan-3

On Wednesday, the Indian spacecraft Chandrayaan-3 accomplished its last mission and touched down gently on the lunar surface. The touchdown occurred on August 23, 2023, at 6:04 p.m., as planned. India became the first nation to land a spacecraft on the lunar south pole, thanks to the behind-the-scenes efforts of hundreds of ISRO scientists who made the moon landing possible.  Continue reading to further learn about the six main scientists working on ISRO’s Chandrayaan-3 mission. Happy Reading!


The Moment Of Pride

“Chandrayaan-3 has successfully soft-landed on the moon! Congratulations, India!” said the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) in a post on X (formerly Twitter).


S Somanath, ISRO Chairman

S Somanath

ISRO chief S Somanath is the brains behind India’s planned Moon mission. According to a TOI report, Somanath has also been credited with speeding up ISRO’s other missions, such as Gaganyaan and Sun-mission Aditya-L1. Before leading India’s space agency, Somanath was director of the Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre and the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), the main hubs for developing rocket technology for ISRO.

“India is on the moon,” declared Somanath, announcing the landing. Furthermore, The Prime Minister expressed his congratulations to every one of us, saying he would like to come down and do the same personally. Aditya L-1, ISRO’s upcoming mission, is being pwasa.”


P Veeramuthuvel, Chandrayaan-3 Project Director

P Veeramuthuvel

In 2019, P Veeramuthuvel assumed leadershirayaan-3 as Project Director. He is from a tiny family in the Villupuram area of Tamil Nadu and is roughly 46 years old. Furthermore, Veeramuthuvel, a PhD candidate, attended the esteemed Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.

Moreover, He takes over from Vanitha, who served as the Chandrayaan-2 mission’s project director under the direction of previous ISRO Chief K Sivan. Before this, he was employed as the Deputy Director of ISRO’s main office’s Space Infrastructure Programme Office.


S Unnikrishnan Nair, Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC)

S Unnikrishnan Nair

The director of the VSSC, which is situated in Thumba, Kerala, is S Unnikrishnan Nair. The Launch Vehicle Mark-III, formerly known as the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mark-III, was developed by VSSC. In his capacity as the head of VSSC, S Unnikrishnan Nair and his group managed several crucial facets of this important task.


S Mohana Kumar, Mission director

S Mohana Kumar

Chandrayaan-3’s mission director is S Mohana Kumar, a distinguished scientist at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre. On board the LVM3-M3 mission, Kumar served as the director for the One Web India 2 satellites’ successful commercial launch. Once again, the LVM3-M4 has shown itself to be Isro’s most dependable heavy lift vehicle. Kudos to the Isro family for their teamwork,” TOI cited Kumar as adding.


M Sankaran, Director of U R Rao Satellite Centre (URSC)

M Sankaran

M Sankaran became the U R Rao Satellite Centre’s (URSC) Director in 2021. Sankaran is leading the team that designs and develops satellites for India’s various requirements—such as weather forecasting, planetary exploration, communication, navigation, and remote sensing. Furthermore, The responsibility for creating and building all of India’s satellites for ISRO falls on URSC.


A Rajarajan, Launch Authorisation Board (LAB) Chief

A Rajarajan

A Rajarajan is a scientist and the director of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR (SDSC SHAR), Sriharikota. He specializes in composites. Furthermore, he oversaw the completion of the launch complex infrastructure and solid motor manufacture to fulfill the growing demand for ISRO launches, including the SSLV and the Human Space Programme (Gaganyaan). The launch was further approved by the Launch Authorization Board (LAB).

Moreover, Nearly 54 female scientists and engineers took part in the Chandrayaan-3 expedition, according to TOI. A representative of ISRO described them as “associate and deputy project directors and project managers of various systems.”

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