Ritu Karidhal Biography, Age, Husband, Family, & More

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Ritu Karidhal with his Brother

Ritu Karidhal, an ISRO scientist, played a crucial role as the Deputy Operations Director in India’s Mars orbital mission, Mangalyaan. She is recognized as one of India’s esteemed “Rocket Women.” Her expertise and dedication contributed significantly to the success of the mission.

Ritu Karidhal Biography

Ritu Karidhal, an aerospace engineer, hails from Lucknow and has made significant contributions to India’s space missions. She has been at the forefront of various prestigious projects, including Chandrayaan-3, India’s third lunar mission. Leading the mission, Chandrayaan-3, which was successfully launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, on July 14, 2023, at 2:35 pm.

Ritu Karidhal Picture

Ritu Karidhal Picture

Personal Information

Real name Ritu Karidhal Srivastava
Nickname AKA Rocket Woman of India
DOB (Date of Birth) 13 April 1975
Age 48 years
Birth Place Lucknow, India
Zodiac Sign Aries
Nationality Indian
Hometown Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
Religion Hinduism
Address Rajajipuram, Lucknow




St Anjani’s Public School, Lucknow,  Navyug Kanya Vidyalaya, Lucknow
College /University


Mahila Vidyalaya PG College, Lucknow, Lucknow University, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore


B.Sc from the Mahila Vidyalaya PG College, Lucknow, M.Sc in Physics from Lucknow University, M.Tech in Aerospace Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

Physical Stats


Feet & Inches 5’ 6”
Meter 1.68 m
Centimeters 168 cm
Weight 60 kg, 132 lbs
Eye Color Black
Hair Color Dark Brown
Figure Measurements N/A

Family Information

Father Name Names Not Known
Mother Name Names Not Known
Brother Rohit Karidhal, Subhash Karidhal
Sister Varsha Lal
Marital Status Married
Husband Avinash Srivastava
Children Son- Aditya
Daughter- Anisha


Boyfriend None


Profession ISRO Scientist
Net Worth 9,000 Crores


color Blue, White
Food Custard, Biryani
Actor/Actress Amitab Bachan, Amisha Patel
Holiday Destination Goa
Movie Mumbaicha Fauzdar
Hobbies Reading Books
Ritu Karidhal with his Husband and Children

Ritu Karidhal with his Husband and Children

Ritu Karidhal with his Brother (Rohit Karidhal)

Ritu Karidhal with his Brother (Subhash Karidhal)


She has two brothers and two sisters.  Her parents passed away when Ritu was in college.


She was born on 13 April in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. Now she is 48 years old.


After obtaining her B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Lucknow, Ritu Karidhal pursued her studies at the Mahila Vidyalaya PG College in Lucknow. She continued her academic journey by completing her M.Sc. in Physics from Lucknow University. Inspired to delve deeper into her field, she embarked on a Ph.D. program in Physics while simultaneously preparing for the GATE examination.

Husband & Children

She got married to Avinash Srivastava. They have two children, Anisha and Aditya.

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While pursuing her M.Tech degree, Ritu Karidhal displayed her dedication and passion for her career by actively searching for job openings in the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) through newspaper advertisements. Joining ISRO in 1997, she embarked on a remarkable journey of contributions to the organization.

Ritu played a pivotal role in the development of India’s Mars Orbiter Mission, Mangalyaan. Her responsibilities encompassed the intricate detailing and execution of the spacecraft’s autonomous system. As the Deputy Operations Director for the mission, she contributed significantly to its success. In her early days; Ritu Karidhal was entrusted with challenging assignments, which she skillfully managed. She later served as the mission director for the Chandrayaan 2 mission. Remarkably, this mission was accomplished in just 18 months and at a significantly lower cost of ₹450 crores, showcasing her efficient leadership and resource management.

Awards List

  • “Woman Achievers in Aerospace” Award by the Society of Indian Aerospace Technologies & Industries (SIATI) in 2017.
  • The “Birla Sun Achievement” Award by the Bank of Baroda
  • The ASI Team Award
  • The ISRO Team Award for the Mars Orbiter Mission in 2015.
  • The Young Scientist Award by Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam in 2007.

Net Worth

Her net worth is ₹9,000 Crores.

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