The path to NASA started watching Star Trek as a child, Swati Mohan, an Indian-American, told Biden
Indian-American countries are taking over, US President Joe Biden said Thursday, referring to the high number of people from the community who have found a place in his administration.
“Indian-Americans (sic) are commanding the country. You (Swati Mohan), my vice-president (kamala Harris), my speech writer (Vinay Reddy), ”Mr. Biden said in a virtual conversation with NASA scientists, who were involved in the historic landing of the landing strongly on Mars.
Indian-American scientist Swati Mohan leads the guidance, navigation and control operations of NASA's Mars 2020 mission. He played an important role in landing the American Space Agency's historic Perseverance Rover on the Martian surface on February 18.
Ms. Mohan, who moved from India to the US when she was only one year, told President Biden that her path to the US space agency began when she saw the first episode. Star trek As a child.
“Apart from those fictional scenes of space, what really caught my attention was the really close-knit team working together, exploring this technological marvel of space and understanding new things and new lives. With the sole purpose of seeking, “Ms. Mohan told Mr. Biden during a virtual conversation.
President Biden blamed NASA's team last month for the successful landing of a six-wheeled rover on Mars and for giving the country a “dose of confidence” at a moment when the nation's reputation as a scientific leader of coronovirus Has been deceived by the epidemic. Mr. Biden expressed his awe at the persistence.
Interacting with Mr. Biden, Ms. Mohan said, “You know, perseverance is my first mission at JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory), where I started working long before construction, all the way to operations. Through, and it made me feel like I was part of that team. Being able to work with this incredibly diverse, talented team that has become like a family, our own technological marvels over the years. It's a privilege to build. “” Those last days and weeks went until the day of landing, it was very easy, but we were all still nervous and frankly, terrible until we had those last seven minutes. Not found through To be able to safely call a touchdown, to get those first images to come back from Mars, to see a place we've never been able to go to Mars before – and to the new life. Get there for the express purpose of the search only to realize that I was living in a dream, ”said the Indian-American engineer.
“It's been a great relief for that team to be able to get there safely, all that's left is the excitement and excitement of all the scientific discoveries that are yet to come and the persistence that can really be found – and hopefully find those signs of past life on Mars, ”said Ms. Mohan.
In response, Mr. Biden praised Mohan and other NASA scientists for landing a firmness on Mars.
“Let me tell you what, you said that you feel like you are ‘living a dream” – you have created a dream for millions and young children, young Americans. You talk about STEM. You – it was – look, what I felt about this for so long: You all did it – the whole team – the team that I can see now and the whole team in the JPL – What did you do: You restored A dose of trust in the American people, ”Mr. Biden said.
“They started to wonder about us. They were beginning to wonder: Are we still the country we always believed we were? You guys did it. You guys gave the feeling of ‘America is back'. This – it's amazing what you did. You should not underestimate it. You should not underestimate this, ”the President said.
“You did it in the most American way: you believed in science, you believed in hard work, and you believed that you can't do a difficult job if you don't put your mind together. We One of the reasons we are such an incredible country is that we are such a diverse country. We bring every single solitary culture of the world out here in the United States, and we give people a chance to pursue their dreams, ” Biden said.
“Everyone was so down about previous years: Is America still the fountain of change?” And are we still the country that hopes and develops and chases most unlikely things? And we the people. And you all demonstrated it. I really mean it. It is much larger than landing strongly on Mars. It's about the American soul, and you brought it back. You brought it back in a moment that we desperately needed it, ”he said.