New Delhi: Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) scientist Valarmathi has passed away due to cardiac arrest. She lent his voice to the countdown of the rocket launch at Sriharikota. The voice behind the Indian Space and Research Organisation's rocket countdown launches including Chandrayaan-3 which turned out to be her final.
New Delhi: Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) scientist Valarmathi has passed away due to cardiac arrest. She lent his voice to the countdown of the rocket launch at Sriharikota. She was 64 year old.
The voice behind the Indian Space and Research Organisation’s rocket countdown launches including Chandrayaan-3 which turned out to be her final. On 14 July, Chandrayaan-3 launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota.
Former ISRO scientist Dr. PV Venkatakrishna has expressed grief over his death. He wrote, Valarmathi Madam’s voice will no longer be heard in the countdown of ISRO’s future missions from Sriharikota. Chandrayaan 3 was his final countdown. hurt so much. Greetings. Apart from this, tributes are going on on social media too for the silence of this special voice of ISRO.
The voice of Valarmathi Madam will not be there for the countdowns of future missions of ISRO from Sriharikotta. Chandrayan 3 was her final countdown announcement. An unexpected demise . Feel so sad.Pranams! pic.twitter.com/T9cMQkLU6J
— Dr. P V Venkitakrishnan (@DrPVVenkitakri1) September 3, 2023
After this incident, many social media users paid tribute to the late ISRO scientist. One user wrote on X, “Very sad to hear this. We worked closely with her for our Vikram-S launch last year, for which she was the voice for the launch countdown,” Another user said, “Jai Hind…he will be remembered as his countdown…finally ended and he gave us Shivshakti Bindu on the moon.”
The third user wrote,“I noticed her absence during the #AdityaL1 launch. I thought she might be out of the office or something. But I didn’t expect this sad news. I’ll really miss her. Om Shanti.”
On 23 August, the lander module of Chandrayaan-3 comprising the Vikram lander and the Pragyan rover landed on the lunar surface, making it only the fourth country to achieve the feat. The landing made the country the first to reach the uncharted south pole of Earth’s only natural satellite. Meanwhile, ISRO on Saturday said that the Pragyan rover on the Moon has been deactivated.
The space agency hopes to wake it up after 14 days. The rover is equipped with two payloads, the Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer (APXS) and the Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscope (LIBS). Payloads that transmit data to Earth via the lander have been shut down. Pragyan rover and Vikram lander were working together to collect valuable scientific data.