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Indian-origin scientist controls $3 billion worth NASA’s Mars rover mission from his London apartment

A 55-year-old, Professor Gupta has converted his apartment into a mini-control centre for video conferences with fellow scientists of NASA, with 5 computers, and two other screens.

Indian-origin scientist controls NASA’s Mars rover mission from his one bed room apartment above a salon in London. Who is he? Let’s read to know more.

Perseverance Mars rover by NASA landed successfully. It was landed at Mars’s Jezero Crater on 19 February almost seven months after its launch.

Indian-origin scientist controls NASA’s Mars rover

Image: The Royal Society/Youtube

Surprisingly an Indian-origin is monitoring Nasa’s life-on-Mars mission which is worth $3 billion from his one-bedroom apartment in London.

The Mars rover ‘Perseverance’ is operated by Professor Sanjeev Gupta, a scientist with Nasa.

Indian-origin scientist in NASA’s Mars rover mission

Professor Sanjeev Gupta
Image: Imperial College London

Professor Gupta was to be in California for mission control, but due to the Covid 19 pandemic, he had operated from an apartment.

Speaking to the Daily Mail Professor Sanjeev Gupta said, “I should be at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, in a series of offices each one about three times bigger than this lounge, full of hundreds of scientists and engineers with their heads buried in laptops surrounded by large screens.”

Professor Sanjeev Gupta wanted to rent a one-bedroom apartment in Lewisham after he found out he was not willing to work in California out of mission control.

“Didn’t want to disturb my family”

He told the UK publication, that he didn’t want to interrupt his wife’s and children’s sleep during the night.

A 55-year-old, Professor Gupta has converted his apartment into a mini-control centre for video conferences with fellow scientists of NASA, with 5 computers, and two other screens.

Professor Gupta is a geology specialist at the Imperial College in London and is one of Nasa’s top scientists working on the Perseverance Mars rover.

NASA’s Mars rover mission

Mars rover mission
Image: NASA

Professor Sanjeev Gupta, assisted by a team of almost 400 scientists, leads the Perseverance Rover to exercise samples on Mars. By 2027, these samples will be taken back to Earth.

Over the next weeks, he and colleagues will start to map rover activities and guide them to locations where samples will be delivered to the Earth by an individual project funded by the United Kingdom by 2027 as per the Daily Mail’s report.

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