February 25, 2021

Meet the Indo-US who led NASA’s diligent landing – News

Dr. Swathi Mohan spearheaded the development of altitude control and rover landing gear.

NASA’s diligent rover successfully escapes a seven-minute crash through the Martian atmosphere, successfully touching the surface of Mars. Among the scientists who are part of this historic work, Indo-US Dr. Swathi Mohan led the way in improving altitude control and landing gear for the rover.

“Touchdown confirmed! Diligence is safe on the surface of Mars and ready to look for signs of past life, ”said Dr. Swathi Mohan.

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As the world watched the dramatic landing, in the control room, Dr. Mohan, dressed in a quiet and musical tune, was coordinating with the GN&C subsidiary and the rest of the project team.

In addition to being a leading systems engineer during the development process, he oversees the team and plans work control staff for GN&C.

Dr. Mohan emigrated from India to the United States at an early age. He spent most of his childhood in the North Virginia-Washington DC metro area. At the age of 9, after seeing ‘Star Trek’ for the first time, he was amazed by the beautiful depictions of new parts of the universe they were exploring. She immediately realized that she wanted to do it and “discover new and beautiful places in the universe.”

He also wanted to be a pediatrician until he was 16 years old. However, after his first physics class and the “best teacher” he received, he considered “engineering” as a way to pursue his interest in space research.

Dr. Mohan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Cornell University and an MS and Ph.D. from MIT in Aeronautics / Astronautics.

Although he has been a member of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA since its inception, Dr. Mohan has been a part of NASA’s various important missions. The Indo-US scientist worked on the Cassini (a mission to Saturn) and the Grail (a pair that flew the spacecraft to the moon) projects.

After a 203-day journey of 472 million kilometers, NASA has sent another planet to touch Mars on Thursday. The agency’s diligent rover landed on the Red Planet at 3:55 pm (East American time) on Thursday, putting an end to the “seven-minute terror” that saw a fiery atmospheric entry and parachute aid descent.