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India’s Rs 1,000 Crore Mission To Moon Is Powered By Two Women

India will launch a lunar mission on July 15. With this, it will become the fourth country to land on the moon. And what makes this feat special is that two women ­–mission director Ritu Karidhal and the project director Vanitha M are heading this exercise. In fact, women employees account for nearly 30 per cent of India’s space agency’s total workforce.

Aim of the mission

The Chandrayaan2 mission aims to deliver a rover to an elevated plane close to the uncharted lunar South Pole on September 6 or 7 and investigate the surface for signs of water and potentially new sources of abundant energy. It’s one step in an envisioned progression that includes putting a space station in orbit and — eventually — landing a crew on the moon.

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