Hello World- Mission to Mars, Women take the Lead
As a woman of Indian origin I think it is very appropriate for my first post be inspired by India’s first mission to mars. The photograph of ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) mission control splashed across media the last few weeks highlighting this success has been a picture of women.
That is right for this monumental moment in space history a successful mission to mars at a fraction of the price of any other attempt ISRO could have chosen any photo. They chose this one and I have to say it warms my heart. A photo of intelligent women engineers doing what many before them have failed to do before. The photo also speaks about women working together as part of a team. The success and glory not going to one particular astronaut or figurehead, but to the team that got there together. Since, this blog is not just about women its about law too, I wanted to point out that the international treaties that govern space are also in a way reflective of a global team spirit. The laws of space are governed by 5 main international treaties which according to the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs (OOSA), are “devoted to enhancing the well-being of all countries and humankind, and each includes elements elaborating the common idea of promoting international cooperation.” That just goes to show that issues of law affect women everywhere in the world and as a society we will only make progress by working together.
See the image at: BBC News
More information about the MOM: http://www.economist.com/blogs/babbage/2014/09/mars-exploration
See images from ISRO’s MOM: http://www.universetoday.com/115020/glorious-global-3-d-mars-from-isros-mom-and-esas-rosetta/
For more information on Space Law: OOSA Site of International Space Treaties
For more information on ISRO: http://www.isro.org/
Read about new collaboration between NASA and ISRO for future projects on Mars: Universe Today