Two Odisha Scientists Contribute to ISRO’s Historic Achievement with Chandrayaan-3

“Debashis Mahapatra from Berhampur in Ganjam district and Sarat Kumar Das, originally from Govindpur village in Kamakhyanagar sub-division, Dhenkanal district, and residing in the Talcher area of Angul district, are the two scientists from the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

“While Indians rejoice in the historic accomplishment of the Vikram lander’s successful moon landing, the villagers and families of the two scientists who made significant contributions to the Chandrayaan-3 mission are equally jubilant.

Debashis Mahapatra hails from Berhampur in Ganjam district, while Sarat Kumar Das, originally from Govindpur village in the Kamakhyanagar sub-division of Dhenkanal district, has been residing in the Talcher area of Angul district. Both are distinguished scientists of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

While expressing his and the joy of other family members, Debashis’s father said, ‘We are elated by the success of Chandrayaan-3. We stayed up throughout the night to stay updated on the mission. My son, a senior scientist specializing in the firing section of the PSLV, has been a part of ISRO since 2006. He has been inclined towards research since his childhood and consistently excelled in science among his friends. After completing his BTech at Sarang Engineering College and MTech at Jadavpur University, he successfully cleared the GATE exam and joined ISRO in 2006.’

Debashis’s mother expressed that the joy they felt when the Vikram lander touched down on the moon was indescribable.

In a similar vein, Sarat Kumar Das remarked that the instant when the Vikram lander touched down on the lunar surface would forever hold a special place in his heart.

“India’s achievement of being the first country to successfully reach the South Pole brings us great joy. Following my completion of an MSc in physics with a specialization in electronics at NIT, Rourkela, I pursued a PhD at Northeastern University. Subsequently, I joined ISRO and currently serve as the Group Director for the Component Quality Assessment Group. I’m proud to share that the electronic components employed in Chandrayaan-3 were incorporated only after receiving our certification. This certification played a crucial role in the mission’s triumphant execution,” Sarat, a representative from ISRO, conveyed via video conferencing.

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