56-year-old, Mangala Mani, was part of an expedition team which went to India’s research station, Bharati, in November 2016 located in Antartica. While other came back Mani has become Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)’s first woman scientist to script a history by spending 403 days in Antarctica. Antarctica is known to be the world coldest destination where minimum temperature slides to -90 degrees Celsius. Mangala Mani, the only women in 23-member team, has set an example of physical and mental endurance. Talking to Times of India, Mani said that it was a challenge as the climate was very harsh. We used to be very careful while going out of our climate-controlled research station. One had to wear polar clothing. Even 2 or 3 hours out in the severe cold was too much and one had to come back immediately for warm-up. [caption id="attachment_32180" align="alignnone" width="400"] Source[/caption] Before setting on the journey the 23 member team had to undergo a lot of tests including mental and physical. They were taken to Auli located in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district at 9,000 feet altitude for ice acclimatization and later to Badrinath at 10,000 feet. ANd thereafter made to carry heavy backpacks in order to check their physical endurance. And finally, in summers, they sailed to Antarctica to provide food and fuel supply for a year’s duration as the world’s coldest region remains cut off during winter. They collect all waste and pack them and send them back to the mainland so as to keep the environment at the station completely clean, she said. Giving a message to women, Mangala Mani said that women are stronger than men, they just need to believe themselves. Roads will automatically open for them. She even praised her team for their during the stay.
news courtesy: india.com