In a somber moment for India’s space endeavors, Dr. N Valarmathi, the revered scientist known for her iconic role as the voice behind the rocket countdown launches at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), including the historic Chandrayaan-3 mission, has passed away due to a sudden heart attack in Chennai. Her untimely demise has left the scientific community and the nation in mourning.
Dr. PV Venkitakrishnan, a former director at ISRO, expressed his condolences on social media, highlighting that Chandrayaan-3 marked her final countdown announcement. He shared, “The voice of Valarmathi Madam will not be there for the countdowns of future missions of ISRO from Sriharikotta. Chandrayaan 3 was her final countdown announcement. An unexpected demise. Feel so sad. Pranams!”
The news of her passing reverberated across social media platforms, with many paying tribute to her exceptional contributions to ISRO. One user fondly remembered her as the voice that guided the Vikram-S launch last year, while another expressed their gratitude for her role in the Chandrayaan missions.
It’s worth noting that India achieved a significant milestone with the Chandrayaan-3 mission, becoming the first country to successfully land on the moon’s south pole. The mission comprised three crucial components: the propulsion module, responsible for transferring the lander and rover to lunar orbit, the lander module, tasked with executing a soft landing on the lunar surface, and the rover module, designed for lunar exploration.
Dr. Valarmathi’s legacy as the voice that counted down to historic space missions will forever be etched in the annals of Indian space exploration. Her contributions to ISRO’s achievements will continue to inspire future generations of scientists and space enthusiasts.