Deepana Gandhi And Her Team Indus Are Trying For A Shot At The Moon

Posted: April 28, 2016

The inspiring Deepana Gandhi is a member of Team Indus, the only team from India shortlisted for the Google Lunar XPrize competition.

The web series titled ‘Moon Shot’, is a nine-part documentary film that profiles participants in this competition.

“The glass ceiling is there, but it is glass; you can see through it and break through it.”  –Indira Nooyi

The love for science and the ubiquitous presence of mathematical equations in mind fuelled Deepana Gandhi’s appetite for the greater unknown. But opportunities in a small town is limited. Born and brought up in Ooty, a small rural town in the Southern part of India, she quickly realised that her dream of mixing science and maths together and pursuing a career in Space Technology was a far-fetched idea. However, skewed opportunities couldn’t match up with the determination of this woman.

In a country which does not encourage education, let alone achievement in the STEM fields (maths and science), this is an inspiring long shot indeed!

Today, this 26 year old is a member of Team Indus, the only team from India to have been shortlisted among 16 global teams for the $30 million Google Lunar XPrize competition, the race to land a privately-financed robotic craft on the Moon by December 2017.

Deepana also happens to be the centerpiece of a documentary series of 9 short films titled ‘Moon-Shot’, produced by JJ Abrams, co-creator of the TV series ‘Lost’ and director of last year’s ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’. The films will be exploring the lives of some selected members of the teams, finding out the many sacrifices they have made to reach where they are today and the driving force behind this incredible journey.

Take a look at the video below:

Image: youtube.

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