NASA's Indian American Scientist Swati Mohan's bindi goes viral as Perseverance rover has successful touchdown

The scholarly Indian-American scientist Swati Mohan becomes Twitter’s favourite as she aces bindi look in the NASA control room, where she confirmed the landing of NASA's Perseverance rover on Mars.
NASA's Indian American Scientist Swati Mohan's bindi goes viral as Perseverance rover has successful touchdown
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The landing of NASA's Perseverance rover on the Red Planet is the best news the people of India woke up to this morning. The credit for the successful landing of the rover goes to Indian-American scientist Dr Swati Mohan, who deftly guided, navigated, and controlled the operations of the Mars 2020 mission. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena beamed with happiness when Dr. Swati Mohan confirmed the news of the touchdown. A small video of the moment was released by NASA where Dr. Swati Mohan is seen wearing a bindi on her forehead. Her small bindi has created a frenzy among the netizens. People flocked to social media platforms to show their support and pride for their culture. 

While some people shared that they were previously bullied for wearing a bindi, they thanked her for embracing her culture as she aced at her work front. The scientist’s desi bindi is garnering a lot of attention on social media as her picture and video of wearing a bindi in the control room went viral. 

Some encouraging tweets are as follows:

Dr. Mohan moved to the US just after she was born and has been raised in Northern Virginia and Washington DC metro area. She completed her education from Cornell University in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering and did MS and PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Aeronautics/Astronautics stream.

Talking about her team's importance in this crucial mission, she said that during the cruise phase as it headed towards Mars, their work was to figure out how the spacecraft is oriented and ensure that it is pointed correctly in space.

Anonymous 6 days ago

a lot of girls in India dont wear bindi even on festival days. Are they trying to copy other religions? Sick

Anonymous 6 days ago

India is a free country.. We must respect Individual choices to wear a bindi or not wear a bindi.

Anonymous 6 days ago

In North India they wear bindi only after marriage whereas in South India, hindu girls of all ages can wear bindi

Anonymous 7 days ago

Big Applause. As an Indian American I am proud of Swati. She is a phenomenal woman. She is proud of her Indian Hindu Heritage. She is an Cornell & MIT alumni. Huge accomplishment and achievement for a woman of color. Priyanka Chopra .... hope you learn humility and inspiration from Indian woman like Swati.