Assam Scientists Celebrate Chandrayaan-3 Triumph

The excited family members of scientists, Nidhi Sharma and Chayan Dutta, hailing from Tinsukia and Lakhimpur towns respectively, were overwhelmed with joy as the momentous touchdown took place. The families of these two accomplished ISRO scientists from Assam were filled with euphoria due to the flawless soft landing of the Chandrayaan-3 rover on the lunar surface.

Both Sharma and Dutta had crucial roles in the Chandrayaan 2 and 3 missions, actively contributing to the operations at the Landing Control Centre of the esteemed Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) located in Sriharikota.

The heartfelt words “Baba, we did it” were the initial expressions shared by Nidhi Sharma as she reached out to her father-in-law, Deepak Dev, engaging in a conversation that lasted less than a minute.

Recalling the previous anxiety-ridden instance when Chandrayaan-2 faced setbacks in its final moments, Dev shared, “We were filled with tension and uncertainty as Chandrayaan-2 encountered difficulties during the final phases. At that time, she had reached out to us, expressing her disappointment. With the triumphant achievement of Chandrayaan-3, our jubilation knows no bounds, and words fall short of describing our elation,” Dev conveyed to PTI.

Sikha Dev, Dev’s wife, mentioned that Nidhi is currently expecting her first child, which has raised concerns about her well-being. “When I advised her to maintain a proper diet and take care of herself, she mentioned that her focus was entirely on the mission and that she would address personal matters only after the mission’s success,” Sikha shared. Their son is employed with a multinational corporation in Bengaluru.

The Dev family, accompanied by neighbors and friends, experienced the live streaming of the event at their residence. Similarly, Dutta’s parents, Rajani Kumar Dutta and Sheela Dutta watched the live broadcast on their mobile phones from their crockery shop.

Dutta expressed his profound joy, saying, “I share in the exuberance that every Indian feels… the paramount thing is the accomplishment of the mission.” Meanwhile, Dutta’s wife shed tears of happiness while witnessing the landing.

Reflecting on a past mission that Chayan had participated in, which had encountered challenges despite dedicated efforts, Dutta’s father emotionally recounted his son’s heartfelt call, wherein he had expressed the failure with tears. This experience compelled him to urge everyone to pray for the success of the current mission. “Today, God has answered the prayers of all,” he added, his heart brimming with gratitude.


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Assam’s North Lakhimpur Cheers for Chandrayaan-3 Moon Mission Led by Local Son


The launch of ‘Chandrayaan-3,’ India’s third lunar mission, was a moment of pride and excitement for the people of Assam’s North Lakhimpur. They eagerly watched the launch on television, knowing that one of their own, Chayan Dutta, played a crucial role in the mission’s success. Let’s delve into why North Lakhimpur rallied behind the Chandrayaan-3 moon mission.

The eyes of North Lakhimpur were glued to the television as Chayan Dutta’s parents, running a small shop in the town, witnessed the historic launch. Chayan Dutta, the Deputy Project Director responsible for the mission’s launch control operations, has deep roots in North Lakhimpur. His proud father, Ranjit Dutta, expressed gratitude for the overwhelming support and sought continued blessings for his son’s future achievements.

Despite their modest background, Chayan’s family was overjoyed to have a few friends join them in celebrating this special moment. The senior Dutta, managing his cutlery and cooking items shop, multitasked between attending customers and receiving well-wishes. The town’s residents, while making purchases, also extended their congratulations to the parents, making it a memorable day for everyone involved.

Chayan Dutta, residing in Bengaluru with his wife and children, visited his hometown in Assam to seek his parents’ blessings for the Chandrayaan-3 mission. His mother couldn’t contain her emotions, beaming with pride and shedding tears of joy. Despite his busy schedule, Chayan remained connected to his roots and cherished the support and blessings from his family.

Chayan Dutta’s educational background includes being an accomplished alumnus of the Department of Electronics & Communication Engineering at Tezpur University. Currently serving as a Scientist/Engineer-G at UR Rao Satellite Centre, Department of Space, he holds the esteemed position of Deputy Project Director, leading the “On Board Command Telemetry, Data Handling & Storage System, Lander, Chandrayaan-3” project. His pivotal role in controlling the spacecraft’s functions through the Command and Data Handling subsystem makes this accomplishment even more noteworthy.


The successful launch of Chandrayaan-3 received praise from Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who commended the brilliant scientists and engineers behind the mission. Assam’s North Lakhimpur rejoiced in the achievements of Chayan Dutta, considering it a significant milestone for their son and the nation. This inspiring endeavor in space exploration will undoubtedly pave the way for new discoveries and advancements.

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