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Men behind India's Chandrayaan-3 mission
Men behind India's Chandrayaan-3 mission

Chennai, Aug 23 : They were all men in the Chandrayaan-3 mission and they were confident of soft landing the country's moon lander on the lunar soil, a 'Mission Possible' after the failure of Chandrayaan-2.

Isro chairman S Somanath
The Isro chief is considered the brains behind the ambitious mission to the moon. He has also been credited with fast-tracking many other mission including Gaganyaan (crewed mission) and Aditya-L1 (mission to the sun).
Shortly after Chandrayaan-3 was safely place in orbit, Somanath said: "Congratulations India. Chandrayaan-3, in its precise orbit, has begun its journey to the Moon. Health of the spacecraft is normal ... Let us wish all the best for the Chandrayaan-3 craft to make its further orbit raising manoeuvres and travel towards the moon in the coming days."
Before being given the responsibility to head India's space agency, Somanath served as the director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) and the Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre — the primary centres for development of rocket technologies for Isro.
Chandrayaan-3 project director P Veeramuthuvel
P Veeramuthuvel took charge as Chandrayaan-3 project director in 2019. Before his current assignment, he served as a deputy director in the Space Infrastructure Programme Office at the Isro headquarters.
Known for his technical acumen, Veeramuthuvel played a key role in Chandrayaan-2 mission as well, being the point person for its negotiations with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). A native of Villupuram in Tamil Nadu, Veeramuthuvel is an alumni of Indian Institute of Technology in Madras (IIT-M).
"Very happy to note that Chandrayaan-3 has been injected into a safe orbit. Congratulations and thanks to LVM3 team. All our spacecraft health parametres are normal, including the power generation in both propulsion and lander modules. Our journey to the moon has begun now. We will be closely monitoring and controlling the craft from Isro Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network in Bengaluru."
Mission director Mohana Kumar
The mission director for LVM3-M4/Chandrayaan 3 is S Mohana Kumar, a senior scientists from the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre. He earlier served as the director for the successful commercial launch of the One Web India 2 satellites on board the LVM3-M3 mission.
"The LVM3-M4 has once again proved to be the most reliable heavy lift vehicle for Isro. Congratulations to the teamwork of the Isro family," he said.
Noting that India is need of such a reliable vehicle, Mohana said his team is hard at work to ensure further safety and reliability of the LVM so that launches can be done more frequently.
Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) director S Unnikrishnan Nair
The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mark –III, which was renamed as Launch Vehicle Mark-III, rocket, was developed by the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) at Thumba in Kerala's Thiruvananthapuram district.

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