US President Joe Biden To Indian-American Swati Mohan At NASA Meet: You Kidding Me? What An Honour
Indian-American aerospace engineer Dr Swati Mohan, who played a pivotal role in the successful landing of NASA's Perseverance rover on Mars, has told US President Joe Biden that her path to the premier US space agency began when she watched the first episode of Star Trek as a child.
Dr Mohan is the guidance and controls operations lead for the Perseverance rover mission, acting as the "eyes and ears" for NASA's most sophisticated spacecraft to date.
She played a key role in landing the US space agency's historic Perseverance rover on the Martian surface on February 18. Dr Mohan was also the first to confirm that the rover had successfully touched down on the Martian surface after surviving a particularly tricky plunge through the atmosphere of the Red Planet.
Dr Mohan, who emigrated from India to the US when she was only a year old, told Biden that her path actually started way back when she was a child, watching the first episode of Star Trek, the popular TV show.