Dr. Mamta Patel Nagaraja is the Associate Chief Scientist for Exploration and Applied Research at NASA. In this role, she is the senior advisor to the Chief Scientist for how humans explore and perform science in space.
Throughout her career, she has held so many great roles like the Deputy Program Scientist for Space Biology, lead engineer for two robotic space science missions, trainer for the astronauts, and flight controller in the Mission Control Center at Johnson Space Center. Her parents grew up in rural India before immigrating to the United States.
Thank you to those of you who sent in questions for Mamta to answer. There were so many good questions to choose from, but here are the ones Mamta answered:
Jubilant_seagull: do you think that women are better for space and how can we get more women to work in space?
anonymous: what motivated you to learn about space and how did you know that you have a passion and love for space?
incredible_redcurrant: what does this job bring you?
highspirited_king: how did you manage to achieve your dreams?
involved _mood: what astronomical achievement do you still wish to accomplish in your life?
Well done to jubilant_seagull, incredible_redcurrant, highspirited_king and involved_mood, who have each been awarded 3 stars for their questions!
Over to you!
- What have you learned from Mamta?
- What’s your response to Mamta’s answers? Is there anything you have changed your mind about?
- How has Mamta inspired you?
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