After Dr Jitendra Nath Goswami and Dipak Kumar Das, another woman scientist from Assam has brought laurels to the state as she is associated with India’s ambitious lunar mission – Chandrayaan-2.
The young woman, Nidhi Sharma hails from Tinsukia’s Na-Pukhuri area in Assam.
She is a space scientist in the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and she played a key role in the successful launch of the Chandrayaan-2.
Speaking with Time8, Nidhi’s father-in-law, Dipak Deb said, “Nidhi is like our daughter and we are so proud of her that hailing from such a small town in Assam, she didn’t let go of her dreams. We were unaware that she was holding such an important position in ISRO as she never revealed what was her job profile.”
“On September 6th, 2019 she called us and asked us to see the live telecast from ISRO. When we were watching the television we saw her there on the screen and we were filled with joy and pride,” added Deb.
Meanwhile, Nidhi’s mother-in-law said that she is the perfect daughter-in-law one can ask for. “When we were visiting them in Bengaluru two months back, she used to involve herself in household works so much so that we didn’t have an ounce of she working in such a sensitive project that holds national importance,” she said.
Nidhi married Dipakar Deb who is an engineer by profession in the month of January 2019 and since then they have been staying in Bengaluru.
It may be mentioned, ISRO’s lunar mission started on July 22nd, 2019 and as per schedule, the Vikram lander was about to soft-land in the southern part of moon’s surface on September 7th, 2019 at around 1:30 to 2:30 am.
But, the mission saw a setback when the ground station lost contact with Vikram lander. On September 8th, 2019 the orbiter of Chandrayaan-2 located the lander on the moon’s surface and efforts have been going on since then to establish a connection with it