Season 1, Episode 5

Snapshots From Afar

Minal Rohit, Seetha Somasundaram, and Nandini Harinath, Aerospace Engineers

Three scientists share stories about India’s first interplanetary mission—a mission to Mars.

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Three scientists share stories about India’s first interplanetary mission—a mission to Mars. With limited time and budget to design and launch the satellite—called MOM (for Mars Orbiter Mission)—Seetha Somasundaram, Nandini Harinath, and Minal Rohit spent long hours in the clean room, followed by tense and exciting moments tracking the satellite as it entered Mars’s orbit. Their efforts helped India become the first nation to successfully reach the Red Planet on its first attempt.

a woman in a pink sari being interviewed in front of orbit schematics Credit: © Science Friday

engineers of isro embracing after the successful launch of their mars satellite Credit: AFP/Manjunath Kiran

External Links
BBC Profile Of The Women Scientists of ISRO
Better India Profile Of The Women Of ISRO
Science Friday Interview: How India Made It To Mars On The First Try
Science Friday Educational Resource: Scale Solar System Orbits—And Satellites!