NASA’s Perseverance mission to Mars launched on Thursday. The rover will also leave an Indian footprint on the red planet that is set to touch down at the Jezero crater on February 18, 2021. No, any Indian astronaut is not on board the spacecraft. However, Bengaluru-born scientist Swati Mohan of Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has played a crucial role in designing and developing a new landing technology called Terrain Relative Navigation, which will make the touchdown less hazardous.

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