Who is Ritu Karidhal? The Brain Behind ISRO's Chandrayaan-3 Mission
Dr. Ritu Karidhal Srivastava, a senior scientist with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), led the mission.
On July 14, 2023, India took another step towards the moon as Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched Chandrayaan-3 at 2.35 PM IST from Sriharikota’s Satish Dhawan Space Centre.
Chandrayaan-3 was launched with the goal to investigate and learn more about the lunar South Pole.
Hailing from Lucknow, the “rocket woman” of India, attended Lucknow University to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Physics.
She graduated from Indian Institute of Science (IISc) with a ME in Aerospace Engineering.
After joining ISRO in 1997 she has been part of some of the most significant missions. In 2013, she was the Deputy Operations Director for Mangalyaan mission as well as the Mission Director for Chandrayaan-2.
She also has numerous honours to her name, including the ISRO Young Scientist Award given by the late President APJ Abdul Kalam, the ISRO Team Award for MOM in 2015