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Being rocket woman

The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle of the Indian Space Research Organisation, which carried the Mars Orbiter Mission satellite Mangalyaan. The payload included instruments developed by Dutta and her team.

Physicist Moumita Dutta from the Indian Space Research Organisation’s Space Applications Centre in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, was part of the team that put a probe into Mars orbit in 2014.  In an interview with Elizabeth Gibney, a senior reporter for Nature based in London, she talks about the lure of optics, the challenge of crafting super-light sensors, and the rise in Indian women entering space science.  Read more

Indian IAA prez

Indian IAA prez

©ISRO Close on the heels of Chandrayaan’s Moon water find, ISRO chairman G Madhavan Nair has taken over as the President of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) headquartered in Paris. He is the first Indian space expert to be elected to the post. Among all the 25 Indian space missions under his tenure, the most significant was the successful launch of India’s first Moon mission Chandrayaan-1. Madhavan Nair was the Vice-President of scientific activities of the IAA for the last four years. He is the recipient of two of India’s biggest civilian honours Padma Vibhushan and Padma Bhushan. His  … Read more