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Explained: Why Dr Akshata Krishnamurthy is key to NISAR's success

The NISAR mission, a joint venture, focuses on Earth observation through an advanced satellite equipped with dual-frequency synthetic aperture radar technology. Dr. Krishnamurthy's role in the project involves leading the verification and validation evidence management process. Girish Linganna reports

Explained Why Dr Akshata Krishnamurthy is crucial to NISAR's success
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First Published Dec 7, 2023, 12:49 PM IST

Dr Akshata Krishnamurthy, the first Indian citizen to operate a rover on Mars, is a distinguished scientist and systems engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Her remarkable journey began with a dream to work at NASA, bringing her to the United States at the age of 13. Now holding a PhD in Space Systems Engineering from MIT, Dr Krishnamurthy has made significant contributions to space telescope missions. Currently, she plays a pivotal role in the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) project, leading the verification and validation evidence management process.

NISAR Mission: Revolutionizing Earth Observation

The NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) mission is a joint venture that aims to develop and launch an Earth observation satellite equipped with dual-frequency synthetic aperture radar technology. This groundbreaking satellite will enable remote sensing and provide insights into complex natural processes on Earth. 

Dr Akshata Krishnamurthy is a crucial member of NISAR Project team, the NISAR project will focus on mapping the planet's land and ice masses, detecting ecosystem disturbances, monitoring ice-sheet collapses, and studying natural hazards such as earthquakes and tsunamis. 

With an expected launch date in 2024, the mission will contribute invaluable data to enhance our understanding of climate change, resource management, and hazard mitigation.

Dr Akshata Krishnamurthy: Inspiring the Next Generation

Dr Akshata Krishnamurthy's pioneering work as the first Indian citizen to operate a Mars rover and her remarkable contributions to the NISAR mission make her an inspiration for aspiring space enthusiasts, especially women and girls. From her early beginnings as a dreamer to obtaining a PhD in Space Systems Engineering from MIT, Dr Krishnamurthy exemplifies the limitless potential within the field of space exploration. 

Through her diligent efforts in project verification and validation evidence management for NISAR, she continues to push boundaries and further our understanding of the universe. Her journey serves as a testament to the fact that with determination and dedication, one can achieve their dreams in the realm of space science and engineering.

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