It’s not every day you get to meet a world-class rocket scientist.
Dr Anita Sengupta has spent the last 15 years developing spacecraft technology that can probe the far reaches of Mars, Venus and deep space.
She started her career on the Delta IV launch vehicle and communications satellites, and was the brains behind the supersonic parachute system that helped the Curiosity Rover land on Mars. She is currently spearheading the development of the cooling-based atomic physics facility at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab which will be launched to the International Space Station this year.
Dr Sengupta is a research associate in the astronautics department of the University of Southern California, the University from which she earned her MS and PhD in aerospace engineering.