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Indian-American scientist behind NASA’s rover landing on Mars; Dr. Swati Mohan, pride of Indians

When NASA’s Perseverance rover successfully landed on Mars yesterday, in search of the prehistory of the planet and the pulse of life, the first announcement about the proud moment was made by Dr. Swati Mohan, an Indian origin.

Inspired by watching the ‘Star Trek’ series as a child, she went to NASA as a scientist, following her determination to become a space explorer. Dr. Swati Mohan, who immigrated to the United States from India when she was just one year old, joined NASA’s Mars mission seven years ago. 

NASA’s Perseverance rover touched down on the surface of Mars on Thursday after seven months in space. It was Swati Mohan who gave the guidance and control needed for the landing system of the rover.

“Touchdown confirmed! Perseverance is safely on the surface of Mars, ready to begin seeking the signs of past life,” she announced soon after the rover landed.

Swati’s family immigrated to the US from India when she was one year old. At the age of nine, she saw ‘Star Trek’ and became fascinated with space, the extraterrestrial universe, and life.

Swati Mohan graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, after deciding to pursue an engineering career to fulfill her dream.

She has been associated with the Perseverance Mars Mission since its inception. Over the years, she has also been part of a number of other NASA missions, including the NASA Cassini mission to Saturn.

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