Aditya-L1 Mission Launch: Solar mission Aditya-L1 was successfully launched on Saturday (September 2, 2023). There is a lot of discussion about women scientists Nigar Shaji and Annapoorni Subramaniam for the success of the mission. Both women scientists have played a very important role in the mission.
According to the report of Hindustan Times, Nigar Shaji is the director of the mission and this ambitious solar mission was launched under his leadership. He led the launch activities of the mission. And Annapoorni Subramaniam, who was involved in designing the mission’s instruments, ensured that India’s first mission to study the Sun functioned smoothly. Let us know about these women scientists of ISRO-
Nigar Shaji said on the successful launch of Aditya-L1 mission that the dream has come true. Nigar is a part of the Shaji mission and he is in a lot of discussions regarding this solar mission. Nigar Shaji belongs to a farming family from Tenkasi district of Tamil Nadu. Nigar Shaji said, ‘All this is like a dream come true. I am very happy that Aditya L-1 could be successfully delivered to the targeted orbit through PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle). Once Aditya L-1 starts functioning, it will be an asset to the scientific fraternity of the country and the entire world.’
Nigar Shaji is holding various responsibilities in the Indian Remote Sensing, Communication and Interplanetary Satellite Program at ISRO. After doing engineering in Electronics and Communication from Tirunelveli Government Engineering College, he did his Masters in the same stream at Birla Institute of Technology, Ranchi. After this she joined Satish Dhawan Space Center in 1987 and then became a part of UR Rao Satellite Center.
Nigar Shaji has also played an important role in ISRO’s remote sensing program. He worked as Associate Project Director in ResourceSat-2A. Resourcesat-2A is an Indian remote sensing satellite for national resource monitoring and management.
Another woman scientist who plays an important role in Aditya L-1, Annapurni Subramaniam, hails from Palakkad district of Kerala and belongs to a family of musicians. Annapoorni Subramaniam is the director of the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, an autonomous institute under the Department of Science and Technology. The institute has developed the primary instrumentation on the Aditya-L1 spacecraft.
Annapoorni Subramaniam completed his PhD from IIA and is an expert in the field of Star Clusters, Star Formations, Galactic Formations, Magellanic Clouds and Stellar Populations. On the successful launch of Aditya L-1, Annapurni Subramaniam said that he designed the primary equipment to carry Aditya L-1. Annapoorni Subramaniam said, ‘This (VELC) is a coronagraph, which will see the sun the whole time in a total solar eclipse. This mission will help us see the innermost parts of the sun for the first time.’
Aditya-L1 is the first space-based Solar Observatory to study the Sun. The spacecraft will be placed in a halo orbit around the Lagrangian point L1 after traveling about 1.5 million kilometers from Earth in 125 days. It will study the events happening on the Sun from there.