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India is on Moon – 3, Indians on Cloud nine

The power descent of the Lander Module (LM) of the Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) third lunar mission Chandrayaan-3 has been successful. India has entered the space and landed on the south pole of moon. S Somnath, ISRO confirmed the creation of new history which will take us to new future. The mission launched on July 14, has accomplished now.

Team on Moon-3

S Somanath, ISRO Chairman

S Somnath, chairman ISRO is the key man behind India's ambitious moon mission. Ever since he had taken over as the chief of ISRO in January 2022, he has been in action to accomplish the dream. Before this, he served as the director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) and the Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre, both of which are primary centres responsible for developing rocket technologies for ISRO. Under his guidance, Chandrayaan-3, Aditya-L1 (a mission to study the Sun), and Gaganyaan (India's first manned mission) are being overseeen by him.

P Veeramuthuvel, Director of Chandrayaan-3

An alumnus of Indian Institute of () Madras, P Veeramuthuvel had also played an important role in the Chandrayaan -2 mission, the second edition of India's moon exploration series. He was made Project Director of Chandrayaan-3 in 2019. Prior to that, he held the position of Deputy Director at the Space Infrastructure Programme Office at ISRO's main office.

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

The Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), located in Thumba, Kerala, was responsible for developing the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mark-III, now known as Launch Vehicle Mark-III. As the head of VSSC, S Unnikrishnan Nair and his team oversee various critical aspects of this vital mission.

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

M Sankaran took over the charge of Director at the U R Rao Satellite Centre (URSC) in June 2021. URSC is assigned to design and construct all of India's satellites for ISRO. Currently, Sankaran leads the team responsible for rolling out satellites that meet India's diverse needs, including communication, navigation, remote sensing, weather forecasting, and planetary exploration.

V Narayanan: Director, Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre

An alumnus of IIT Kahtragpur, V Narayanan is an expert on propulsion system analysis, cryogenic engine design, and management of large projects, Narayanan has played a key role in designing the propulsion systems on board Chandrayaan-3.

“It is a historical event for the Indian space programme. The entire space community has put in enormous effort over the last four years and we have realised a marvellous, great scientific satellite,” Dr Narayanan, who has a PhD in Aerospace , had said at the launch of Chandrayaan-3 last month.

The cryogenic engines for the LVM3 rocket which launched Chandrayaan 3 were built at LPSC.

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