India’s mission to the moon has blasted into space. Chandrayaan-2 aims to become the first mission to conduct a surface landing on the lunar south pole region, where it will collect crucial information about the moon’s composition.…

India launched its first lunar probe in 2008, and guided a spacecraft into orbit around Mars in 2014. Its space programmes are famously thrifty, and its Mars mission, @PMOIndia @NarendraModi has joked, had a smaller budget than that of the film Gravity. 2/
At the forefront of India’ Moon mission are 2 women.

Its project director, Muthayya Vanitha, an electronics system engineer, was named by @nature as one of 5 scientists to watch in 2019. It is being navigated by Ritu Karidhal, who helped lead India’s Mars mission in 2014.
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