Get to know Mamta Patel Nagaraja!

Dr. Mamta Patel Nagaraja

Our experts have really enjoyed reading through your questions so far, so thank you to everyone who has submitted one. It’s Dr. Mamta Patel Nagaraja's turn to answer questions next, so this week, we’d like you to take a few minutes to get to know her.

Mamta 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.

In one of our discussions on the hub, we asked whether or not you agree with the famous Billie-Jean King quote, “You have to see it, to be it.” In her expert challenge, Mamta revealed that Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly into space, is one of the reasons she was inspired to work for NASA.