On call with Swati Mohan the Indian-American, Biden said Indian-Americans ‘taking over’ US
On Thursday, US President Joe Biden on a call with Nasa`s aerospace engineer Swati Mohan said that Indian-Americans are taking over the country.
The Indian-American Swati Mohan was leading the guidance and control operations for the 2020 Mars mission and as the Perseverance rover landed on Mars on February 18, her voice was heard around the world from mission control at Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California in the final minutes.
“Are you kidding me? What an honour this is,” Biden said when Mohan thanked him for the call.
The US president added, “This is an incredible order” And it’s amazing. Indian(s) – of descent – Americans are taking over the country. You, my vice-president, my speechwriter, Vinay. I tell you what.”
Biden was talking about Swati Mohan, US vice-president Kamala Harris and the director of the White House speechwriting team, Vinay Reddy.
Biden mentioned the names of some Indian members in his administration. Some of them are Vivek Murthy, the nominee for surgeon general, Neera Tanden, the nominee for budget chief, a cabinet post, and Kiran Ahuja, the head of the civil service.
Then Biden gave a chance to Mohan to speak.
“So, my path actually started way back when I was a child, watching my first episode of Star Trek,” Mohan said. “In addition to those fantastical scenes of space, what really captured my attention was this really close-knit team who was working together, manipulating this technological marvel with the sole purpose of exploring space and understanding new things and seeking new life.
“You know, Perseverance is my first mission at JPL where I’ve gotten to work from the very beginning of formulation, all the way through operations, and it made me feel like I was part of that crew. Being able to work with this incredibly diverse, talented team that has become like a family, spending years creating our own technological marvel has been a privilege.”
“You know, those last days and weeks leading up to landing-day, it was pretty smooth, but we were all still really nervous and, frankly, terrified until we got through those final seven minutes. To be able to call ‘touchdown’ safely, to see those first images come back from Mars, to see the place where we have never been able to go to on Mars before and go there – reach there for the express purpose of seeking out new life just made it feel like I was living in a dream.”
“Now that the tremendous relief has passed for the team of being able to be there safely, all that’s left is the excitement and the thrill of all the scientific discoveries that are yet to come and what Perseverance can actually find – and hopefully find those signs of past life on Mars.”