Indian Space and Research Organisation (ISRO) scientist N Valarmathi, the iconic voice behind ISRO’s rocket countdown launches, died on Saturday.
Ms Valarmathi’s most recent countdown happened during the launch of the historic Chandrayaan-3.
Former ISRO Director Dr. P V Venkitakrishnan took to X, formerly Twitter, to condole Valamathi’s demise and wrote, ‘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!’
According to reports, Ms Valamathi suffered a heart attack and died in Chennai on Saturday evening.
Ms Valarmathi was born on July 31, 1959 in Tamil Nadu’s Ariyalur.
She graduated from the from the Government College of Technology in Coimbatore and joined ISRO in 1984.
Ms Valarmathi was the project director of RISAT-1, India’s first indigenously developed Radar Imaging Satellite (RIS).
In 2015, she became the first person to receive the Abdul Kalam Award, instituted by the Government of Tamil Nadu in honour of the former president Abdul Kalam in 2015.
Condolences are pouring in on social media to pay tribute to the late ISRO scientist.
An X user wrote, ”Her voice embarked the begining of the remarkable historic journey for the country. She will be remembered always in the iconic moment of Indian space accomplishments. May her soul rest in peace and God give strength to her family.’
N Valarmathi was 64
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