Amidst celebration across the country for India’s successful launch of Chandrayaan 2, Odisha has also contributed in the lunar mission as a scientist from the state was behind the ambitious project.
Shyamal Kumar Kanungo is credited with executing the project along with his team members. He is working as a senior member of the Control Team of Chandrayaan 2 mission at the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).
He said the team is all prepared for the spacecraft’s successful landing on the Moon’s surface in September.
Born in Rourkela, the 53-year-old Shyamal had joined ISRO following his M.Tech degree from IIT Kharagpur and B.Sc in Chemistry from Sambalpur University. He had cleared his matriculation from a Railway high school in Rourkela in the year 1974. His father MR Kanungo was an employee of South Eastern Railway (SER).
He was also part of the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), also called as Mangalayan, launched by the ISRO on Nov 5, 2013. He was inducted into Chandrayan 2 team for his previous experience in the mission to Mars.