Nandini Harinath

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Nandini Harinath is a rocket scientist at ISRO’s (Indian Space Research Organisation) Satellite Centre in Bengaluru.[1]She is a part of the Mars Orbiter Mission , Maangalyaan . She has co-authored a research paper on mission planning, analysis and operations—Outline of key components.


Nandini’s first exposure to science was the popular series Star Trek on television. Her mother is a maths teacher and her father is an engineer and as a family, they were all interested in science fiction and Star Trek.[2]

She has two daughters.[3]


ISRO was the first job that Nandini applied to and now it’s been 20 years.[2] She has worked on 14 missions over 20 years at ISRO.[1] She is the Project Manager, Mission Designer[4] and served as deputy operations director on the Mars Orbiter Mission, also called Mangalyaan.


  1. A Mechanism for Observed Interannual Variabilities over the Equatorial Indian Ocean[5]
  2. Resourcesat-1 mission planning, analysis and operations—Outline of key components[5]


  1. ^ a b "India's Rocket Women: Meet The Women Of ISRO – Rocket Women". (in American English). Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  2. ^ a b "The women scientists who took India into space". BBC News (in British English). 12 December 2016. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Meet the women behind Mangalyaan mission". Rediff. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  4. ^ "The Less Celebrated Success Stories in Mission Mars - ChandigarhX". ChandigarhX (in American English). 20 February 2017. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Nandini Harinath - Publications". ResearchGate. Retrieved 4 March 2017.