...Dr Mamta Patel Nagaraja from NASA!

Dr. Mamta Patel Nagaraja

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.

Mamta is a proud first-generation American and first-generation college graduate. She wants to be a role model for young people who dream of working in space exploration and wants to encourage them to follow their dream, no matter where they are from.

Mamta can talk about several of our Festival topics – but will be especially good at answering questions about space exploration and about why representation and diversity are important.




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  • committed_tsunami | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory 31 Oct 2022

    My question is not Mahrez, but I hope you can answer me
    1 What made you interested in exploration and applied research? Or rather, why did you enter human exploration of science and their performance in space?
    2 Who encouraged you to do this work? nice to know you
    bye

  • receptive_outcome | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory 31 Oct 2022

    I wantI want to ask you about if you have travelled to space and about your experience there, but what arouses my curiosity are black holes, as they have great gravity and a strange sight. That great attraction, if you know what we can see inside it and can someone enter it and get out safely? Or do you have another idea about those holes? I hope you can answer these questions for me

  • broadminded_memory | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory 01 Nov 2022

    How do you convince people that the moon has already been reached and the clips circulating are not Photoshop
    For example, hanging a country flag on the moon and fixing it in place with zero gravity?

  • eager_snow | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory 01 Nov 2022

    How can we reduce the risks of going into space without stifling technological innovation and progress of our time

  • fearless_engineer | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory 01 Nov 2022

    Hello
    my questions are
    1. What adventures did you do in space and how were they?
    2. Is there a preparation for life on Mars, as they say?
    3. Do you advise everyone to go to space and explore it?
    And here are my questions I hope answered.

  • decisive_glockenspiel | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory 01 Nov 2022

    I want to ask Dr. Mamta.... 1_ Are there beings other than humans in space? 2_ How do you live in space, is it like our normal life? 3_ How do they prepare the astronauts to rise, like tourists and scientists? 4_ It happened to me while I read books, magazines, novels, etc. that the human body changes when they go to space?

  • quickwitted_tamarind | Cheam Fields Primary Academy | United Kingdom 03 Nov 2022

    My question is:
    What about space stood out for you, to make you want to base your job on it?

  • contemplative_signature | Cheam Fields Primary Academy | United Kingdom 03 Nov 2022

    Hi Mamta,
    My question for you is...
    Do you believe there is life out on space?
    Thank you
    Bye

  • focused_seed | Bal Bharati Public school B | India 05 Nov 2022

    My question is:
    Do you think if by exploring other galaxies or even universes we may be able to find the secret to our existence?
    Thank you

  • charismatic_frog | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory 05 Nov 2022

    -Why do we see the stars at night and not in the day?

  • attentive_physics | Govt. Shuhada-e-APS Model Girls High School B | Pakistan 07 Nov 2022

    Dr Mamta Patel
    1-My question is how NASA is taking steps to improve the climate if they are taking some steps what do you think are these precautionary measures enough for big institute like them .
    2-what does it feel like to work at NASA cause it's almost a dream job of all the students right now .
    3- can a person work remotely with nasa and on which criterion do they provide you with a job .

  • great_mango | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory 08 Nov 2022

    I always like to know about what is in space, is it empty space, I mean, are there things that we did not expect in space, I mean without expecting them, things other than planets, galaxies, etc.!?

  • great_flute | Alkhansaa Prep Co Ed School B | Occupied Palestinian Territory 08 Nov 2022

    -What is the name of the first space shuttle built for multiple use, launched in 1981?

  • great_mango | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory 09 Nov 2022

    I always wonder where the world came from? Were things there from the beginning? Or that everything around us came out of nowhere?
    Is life limited to our planet only? Or is the entire universe teeming with life?

  • great_mango | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory 09 Nov 2022

    Was the universe always full of planets and stars without anyone knowing anything about them?

  • spirited_wasp | Govt Girls Higher Secondary School | Pakistan 09 Nov 2022

    Aoa mam it's great to be a chance to ask u i want to know the reality of black holes ??

  • motivated_cheetah | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory 09 Nov 2022

    In space images, I always notice that the depths of space are not photographed, so I was curious about that. Also, I've never heard of any astronauts or scientists complaining about something that comes after space, so I was curious about it

    My question will be

    1- What is in the depths of space?

    2- What is there after space ?

  • blessed_leopard | Rafah Prep Girls | Occupied Palestinian Territory 11 Nov 2022

    Where does space start?

    How did the universe start?

    What does the universe consist of?

    Does sound travel faster in space or not?

    Is space too cold?

    What is the coldest place in the universe?

    How many stars can you see at night?

    What types of stars are there

  • persuasive_trombone | Rafah Prep A Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory 14 Nov 2022

    Space is a mysterious world full of question marks What has been discovered and announced is a very small part of this world.

    Hi Mamta, I would like to ask you some questions that I hope you will answer because you are a very inspiring person:

    1. What attracts you to select space science as your speciality ?

    2. what araes or investigation in your future plans ?

    3. In your opinion, and according to your experience in astronomy, could there be life on one of the planets?

  • brilliant_tomato | Rafah Prep A Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory 15 Nov 2022

    Hi Mamata,
    All my lif ,I was so anxious to know about outer space.otherplanets as well as the people who works in NASA. So I Would like to know
    1. What are the obstacles you have faced during your work?
    2. What is the most exciting thing you have done or have watched during your work?
    3. How many years do human beings need to travel to outer space as we travel to other countries on earth?

  • active_tree | Futures Hurghada Language School | Egypt 15 Nov 2022

    •first:Please I want to ask about how long does it take to travel to space or the moon to be specific? because this is from the disadvantages that makes me feel less encouraged for traveling to space.

    •second : I want to know how cold is Uranus?

    •third : why did Pluto get out of the solar system?

  • great_planet | Rafah Prep A Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory 17 Nov 2022

    Hello Mamta... I want to ask you some questions
    The first question: Have you traveled to the moon, and which is more beautiful, the view of the moon from the earth, or the view of the earth from the moon?
    The second question, what motivated you to choose this major?
    The third question,Do you believe, as Stephen Hawking said, that life on Earth may end in a catastrophe such as a huge meteor or an alien invasion of Earth?

  • agreeable_didgeridoo | Rafah Prep A Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory 17 Nov 2022

    Hello Mamata , I want to ask you some questions . What motivated you to learn about space and how did you know that you have a passion and love for space ? In the end , I would like to tell you that you are a source of inspiration for young people , and I hope they learn from you .

  • wondrous_glacier | Rafah Prep A Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory 18 Nov 2022

    Hello Dr Mameta
    How are you ?
    I have two questions, what is the motive behind your study of astronomy? What do you think of people who don't find it fun to know what's going on in space?
    I hope you will answer my questions, thank you😊

  • sensible_crow | Rafah Prep Girls | Occupied Palestinian Territory 21 Nov 2022

    How beautiful it is to be an astronaut, and this has been my dream since I was a child..I will call you the actress of my dream, and I am very happy for your achievements and for challenging your difficulties. Now, my questions for you will be:

    1_Is going out into space beneficial to the human body as much as it is dangerous and shape-changing? ..
    2_ In your opinion, what is the reason for the cohesion of the components of galaxies, which consist largely of gases..?
    3_ Do you have a vision that the universe will expand to what extent and will it always remain in the state of expansion?
    4_ I love to read a lot about space, and I read that footprints remain on the moon for millions of years..why?
    These are simple questions, and perhaps they do not make much sense to the extent of my knowledge.

  • grounded_reality | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory 22 Nov 2022

    Dr. Mamta, I admire your achievement and where you have come. Can you tell me what makes someone qualified to work at NASA? How was your experience working at NASA the first time?

  • great_mango | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory 25 Nov 2022

    Is it possible that there are things in space that we did not imagine, for example, are there really aliens!? Or is it all just movies and cartoons and not reality?!

  • blithesome_engineer | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria 25 Nov 2022

    My question is how possible is it that when humans stop believing in something like space it would go out of extinct ?

  • charismatic_frog | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory 25 Nov 2022

    With the passage of time, will a person be able to invent clothes that make him feel that the moon's gravity is like the earth's gravity?

  • knowledgeable_cloudberry | Rafah Prep A Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory 25 Nov 2022

    Hello Mamta, First I,d like to say that I love your personality, and I am proud of your achievements. I'd like to be like you, but I have a few questions. As a space lover, how did you find the space world? What got you interested in space? Who encouraged you to work at NASA? How did you find work in the company?

  • mindful_dolphin | College Edouard Manet | France 27 Nov 2022

    Hello
    1 Are there beings other than humans in space?
    2 How did you go into space?
    3 Are you already going to space?
    4 Why are you going into space, to do what?

  • accurate_wombat | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria 27 Nov 2022

    In your field of work are there any sexuality-based problems.

  • beloved_seahorse | Govt Girls Higher Secondary School | Pakistan 28 Nov 2022

    Hello Dr.Nagaraja!,Im a girl from Pakistan in STEM and being In NASA is my dream.I have a question for you if you dont mind.My question is that Which Book or Blog would you recommend I follow to learn more about life in NASA as a girl and what it takes to achieve that?

  • curious_contribution | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria 28 Nov 2022

    Hello ma my question is simply that during your space exploration and study is there a possibility that pollution and global warming can affect the outer space. My second question is that how sure are scientist that the earth would not one day leave its orbit.

  • glad_concept | Alkhansaa Prep Co Ed School B | Occupied Palestinian Territory 29 Nov 2022

    What else can you explore on the planet Mars and What questions do you get?

  • majestic_piccolo | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory 30 Nov 2022

    Space is a mysterious world full of question marks What has been discovered and announced is a very small part of this world.

    Hi Mamta, I would like to ask you some questions that I hope you will answer because you are a very inspiring person:

    1. What attracts you to select space science as your speciality ?

    2. what araes or investigation in your future plans ?

    3. In your opinion, and according to your experience in astronomy, could there be life on one of the planets?

  • healthy_banana | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory 02 Dec 2022

    Hello
    1 Are there beings other than humans in space?
    2 How did you go into space?
    3 Are you already going to space?
    4 Why are you going into space, to do what?