People of Indian origin are spread far and wide, and it’s common to spot one while visiting any country. The achievements of PIOs are often celebrated as India’s own and the most recent example of this was Kamala Harris being elected as the Vice President of the United States of America. There was another development from the country about an Indian-origin person that made headlines on Thursday when scientist Dr Swati Mohan led the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) mission of the landing of the Perseverance rover.
An Indian-origin scientist leading the Perseverance rover made netizens proud, and many of them expressed their feelings on Twitter.
A section of the reactions was surprisingly over Swati Mohan’s look. The scientist had worn a ‘bindi’ on her forehead during the streaming from the control room. Many shared their thoughts on following one's 'cultural norms’ and ‘look different’, and one being reminded of being bullied in school for the wearing one. One sent ‘big love’ to Mohan for ‘rocking the bindi in the control room.’
Dr. Swati Mohan, walking us through Rover Landing, while wearing a bindi (colored dot on forehead) is an example we all need. It is okay to follow cultural norms, and to look different, because No matter where you come from, if you are capable, you shall win. #CountdownToMars— Gk (@KaurRaGa) February 18, 2021
listen.— Anuradha Damale (@anulikesstars) February 18, 2021
i wore a bindi through primary school and got bullied, physically bullied, for it. this is doing all kinds of things to me. 🥲
swati mohan in mission control, thank you. #NASAPerseverance
Big love for Swati Mohan, rocking that bindi in the control room ❤️ pic.twitter.com/cmNdBpWFKB— Sumen Desktronaut Rai (@sumenrai79) February 18, 2021
While the bindi might have been a usual accessory for Swati Mohan, there seemed to something different in her look. The NASA scientist stated that she had dyed her hair, especially for the occasion, after the ‘EDL family’ voted for it.
EDL family voted and I drew the straw for dyeing my hair per their request for landing day. 7 hours to entry. Landing approximately at 12:55pm. At JPL and ready to go! pic.twitter.com/96n3U3NQEs— Swati Mohan (@DrSwatiMohan) February 18, 2021
The Perseverance Rover successfully landed on the surface of Mars on Thursday. The mission seeks to study if life existed on the planet. Dr Swati Mohan was the one who had announced the confirmation of the landing.
"Touchdown confirmed! Perseverance is safely on the surface of Mars, ready to begin seeking the signs of past life,” she had exclaimed.
Dr Swati Mohan was the Mars 2020 Guidance, Navigation, & Control Operations Lead for the Perseverance Rover Mission. She works with the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory that handles NASA's robotic missions exploring Earth, the solar system and the universe.
The Perseverance rover is biggest, most advanced rover ever sent by NASA. The main task for the rover is to collect rock samples containing possible signs of bygone microscopic life, which it will perform using 7-foot (2-meter) arm to drill down the Martian surface.
(With inputs from AP)