In a historic moment for ISRO, eight women scientists who played crucial roles in India’s ambitious lunar mission, Chandrayaan-3, will march down Kartavya Path as part of the 75th Republic Day parade this Friday. Hailing from ISRO centers in Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Thiruvananthapuram, and Sriharikota this all-women contingent will lead a special tableau, vividly depicting the remarkable achievement when Chandrayaan-3 successfully landed on the moon on August 23 last year. This marked India as the first and only country to achieve a lunar landing near the unexplored south pole.
The tableau aims to encapsulate the entire journey of Chandrayaan-3, from its launch at Sriharikota to the historic landing site now known as the Shiv Shakti point on the moon. A senior ISRO scientist expressed, “The attempt is to provide a snapshot of that entire journey.”
Joining them at the Republic Day parade will be 212 other scientists from various ISRO centers, witnessing the tableau from a special enclosure. The tableau itself will feature a miniature model of India’s heaviest launcher, the LVM MK3, which carried Chandrayaan-3 into space on July 14, 2023. This rocket is also slated to launch ISRO’s first-ever human spaceflight, Gaganyaan scheduled for late 2025.
The tableau goes beyond the launch pad and rocket, also showcasing the ISRO control room in Bengaluru. This control center played a pivotal role in monitoring the final moments of Chandrayaan-3’s landing. Additionally, the tableau will artistically represent the soft landing on the moon, featuring the lander Vikram and the rover Pragyan.
In addition to Chandrayaan-3, the tableau will offer glimpses of other key missions, including Aditya – the first solar observatory that reached its designated L1 point on January 6 – and the upcoming Gaganyaan mission. This multifaceted display aims to engage and inspire, bringing the achievements of ISRO to life for people of all backgrounds.