anita sen-thumbAnita Sengupta- a 'Rocket Scientist' and a senior systems engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), played an instrumental role in the famous MARS "Curiosity" ROVER mission of NASA. She helped in the much talked about EDL – entry, descent and landing – sequence, which has been dubbed as “seven minutes of terror,” by engineers.

A parachute tested by aerospace engineer Anita Sengupta is among critical mission elements that determined the fate of the US spacecraft as it attempted to safely deposit a robotic rover.

The Mars Exploration Program is a science-driven program that seeks to understand whether Mars was, is, or can be, a habitable world.

Dr. Sengupta has published her research in several peer reviewed journals and is the recipient of various awards including ASEI Woman Engineer of the Year, NASA Tech Award, AIAA Best Paper Award, and JPL Mariner award. She received her PhD and MS in Aerospace Engineering from USC and BS in Aerospace Engineering from Boston University.

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