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Indian-origin Vandi Verma drives Perseverance rover on Mars, says it's incredible

03/07/2021 06:17 PM | Click to read full article

“Jezero is incredible,” says Vandi Verma, the Indian-origin Nasa engineer, after driving the Perseverance rover on Mars. On Friday, the SUV-sized rover began its journey in search of ancient microbial life on the floor of the Jezero crater.

Verma, chief engineer for robotics operations with Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), is steering the rover through the tenuous terrain of the crater believed to be the site of an ancient lake. She has been driving rovers since 2008.