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In February, the Mars Rover Perseverance landed in the Jezero Crater of the Red Planet. This feat of humankind’s technological prowess was accomplished by the hardworking engineers at NASA, and one of those is the Queens-born Vishnu Sridhar. Queens is happy to have one of our own contributions to our understanding of the Solar System.
Vishnu is from Rego Park, Queens, and is a graduate of Aviation High School and Georgia Tech. His love of aerospace engineering leads him to work at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he worked on Perseverance’s research instrument known as the SuperCam. This camera helps scientists analyze soil samples, by sending back data about their composition for the purpose of investigating possible microbial life forms.
On Saturday, April 3rd, the Queens Historical Society will be hosting a virtual Q&A with Vishnu, as he talks about his mission on Mars, and answers questions about how growing up in Queens shaped his career journey into space. QHS encourages our audience members to submit questions for Vishnu, so please send any questions at the link below, and we will do our best to ask them during the live program.