Are You Kidding Me? What An Honour This Is: Biden Tells NASA Scientist Swati Mohan
My path to the premier US space agency began when I watched the first episode of Star Trek as a child, shared Dr Swati Mohan, the Indian-American aerospace engineer with US President Joe Biden. Mohan played a pivotal role in the successful landing of NASA's Perseverance rover on Mars.
Acting as the "eyes and ears" for NASA's most sophisticated spacecraft to date, Mohan is the guidance and controls operations lead for the Perseverance rover mission.
She played a key role in landing the US space agency's historic Perseverance rover on the Martian surface on February 18. 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.
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.