March 6, 2021 7 min read
International Women's Day is observed on March 8th to recognize women’s prosperity and contribution to social, political, social and financial events. It is additionally recognized to make individuals mindful of women’s issues. Indian women have long been bringing laurels to the country, and most recently, one such accomplished Indian - American once again drew the attention of the world to Indians and specifically women’s contribution to deeper exploration of space. This Women’s Day 2021 we salute the women in space—The women who have been role models to a generation of scientists across the globe.
Dr. Swati Mohan, a scientist at NASA, played a central role in the Mars 2020 mission, which completed its first-ever mission to land on the surface of Mars on February 18th, 2021. Dr. Mohan, who heads the steering and navigation systems operations for NASA, played a key role as principal investigator and lead mission engineer and was responsible for the NASA Mars 2020 Perseverance Mission's leadership, navigation, and control.
Another famous Indian astronaut Kalpana Chawla is a pride for India as well as for NASA. She was the first Indian woman to go to space. She was one of the seven crew members who died in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster when the spacecraft disintegrated during its re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere in 2003.
Sunita Williams born to Indian-Slovenian guardians, is the second Indian lady to enter space. She has to her record two trips to the International Space Station (ISS). With 29 hours of the spacewalk and an aggregate of over 195 days in space, Williams has established precedents for both as a female aeronaut.
Like them, numerous other Indian women astronauts are going for the skies as influential space researchers, engineers, satellite launchers, rocket designers and undertaking heads of complex interstellar missions. Expanding the limits of science on Earth, they are breaking the glass ceiling to inspire millions.
We salute all these space heroes this Women’s Day 2021. Each one of them in an inspiration and have conquered space in their own way!
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