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Meet the men behind Mars Mission

K Radhakrishnan: Chairman, ISRO and Secretary in the Department of Space. He became Chairman of the Indian space agency in 2009. Born in Kerala and educated in IIT, he joined ISRO at the age of 22. He was awarded Padma Bhushan in 2014.

Mylswamy Annadurai: Programme Director of Mangalyaan. Born and brought up Tamil Nadu, he joined ISRO at the age of 24 in 1982. He was leading the Remote Sensing and Science missions and also responsible for budget management, direction for spacecraft configuration, schedule and resources. He was the project director of Chandrayaan-1 and now Chandrayaan- 2, the Indian missions to Moon.

S Ramakrishnan: Director at Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, he joined ISRO in 1972. He is one of the key brains in the development of PSLV and was responsible for development of liquid propulsion stages and their interfacing with vehicle and launch operations. He is responsible for realising the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle that ferried the Mars orbiter.

Shivkumar: Director of ISRO Satellite Centre. Born in Mysore and educated in IISC, Bengaluru he joined ISRO in 1976 and has developed the telemetry system for the Mangalyaan.

V Adimurthy: Mission Concept Designer of MOM. Born in Andhra Pradesh and educated in IIT, Kanpur, he joined ISRO in 1973.

P Kunhikrishnan: Project Director of PSLV Programme. Born in Kerala he joined ISRO in 1986. Under him the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre has had seven successful PSLV launches. He joined ISRO in 1986 and was the Mission Director of eight successful PSLV Missions. He is the mission director of PSLV-C25/Mars Orbiter Mission, which was launched on November 5. He was responsible for seeing to it that the rocket completes its mission successfully and that the satellite is correctly injected in the designated orbit.

Subbiah Arunan: Project Director of MOM. Born in Tamil Nadu he completed mechanical enginnering and joined ISRO in 1984. He was responsible to build the Mangalyaan spacecraft. He was responsible for leading a team to build the spacecraft for the Mission.

B Jayakumar: Associate Project Director of PSLV project. He is responsible for the rocket systems’ testing till the final lift-off.

MS Pannirselvam: Chief General Manager of range operation director at Sriharikota Rocket port was responsible for maintaining launch schedules without any slippages.

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