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Dr. Akshata Krishnamurthy, 1st Indian Woman to Operate a Rover on Mars with NASA

Published on December 06, 2023
Current Context: Dr. Akshata Krishnamurthy is indeed the first Indian citizen to operate the Mars Perseverance rover.
Dr. Akshata Krishnamurthy, 1st Indian Woman to Operate a Rover on Mars with NASA
  • She currently works for NASA as the mission science phase lead for the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar.
  • Dr. Krishnamurthy has a Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • She joined the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a research laboratory owned by NASA, and has worked on multiple space missions, including the Perseverance rover, collecting samples to bring back to Earth.
  • She moved to the United States more than a decade ago with a dream to work at NASA and lead breakthrough science and robotic operations on Earth and Mars.
  • Despite being told that a foreign national on a US visa couldn't achieve such a feat, she persevered until she found a way.
  • Dr. Krishnamurthy’s journey is truly inspiring and a testament to the fact that no dream is too big or crazy.

Question:

Q.1 What is Dr. Akshata Krishnamurthy’s role at NASA?
a. Mission Science Phase Lead for the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar
b. Astronaut
c. Spacecraft Engineer
d. Astrophysicist

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