Priyanka Srivastava: Lucknow girl among 1 of 9 ‘desis’ on Mars mission | Lucknow News

LUCKNOW: Lucknow lady Priyanka Srivastava was once one of the vital 9 ‘desis’ who made NASA’s Perseverance Rover land effectively on Mars. She was once related to the venture within the capability of a techniques engineer. In her four-year lengthy stint with Nasa she has labored on 3 previous flight missions.
Her father, Sunil Srivastava, running with an export-oriented non-public corporate, mentioned, “She had knowledgeable us already and despatched to us a hyperlink on February 18 on which we watched until round 2.30 am the touchdown of the venture.”
Priyanka had her education achieved in Lucknow’s Mount Carmel until elegance 12th and then she went to Punjab College to pursue BTech in Electronics and Verbal exchange.
“She took Kalpana Chawla as her idol. The day she watched Chawla’s information on TV (about her going into area), she instructed her mom about her need to be an astronaut.”
This, then again, made her mom inform her that she must no longer say issues for amusing however pursue them diligently if she if truth be told aspires to.
“My spouse works with an insurance coverage corporate. Regardless of our busy agenda we didn’t let the training of our women get affected,” mentioned the daddy of 2, who has his more youthful daughter running as a clinical skilled in a foreign country.
The circle of relatives did let cross on some comforts and pleasures to fund the training.
“It was once nonetheless simple for us to reinforce her training until BTech. She later went to College of Michigan and the primary semester was once tough for us financially. Her mom would no longer put money into even such things as a ‘bindi’ ,” mentioned Srivastava.
In her 2d semester, Priyanka were given to test the copies of undergraduate scholars and that introduced her some incomes. In 3rd semester, she did a mission, which was once preferred by way of the college, and she or he was once despatched to Jerusalem the place astronauts from everywhere had accumulated. The then President Pranab Mukherjee had additionally arrived.
“She were given to engage together with her idol Sunita Williams and she or he instructed Williams that to her (Priyanka) she (Williams) was once a mentor. She was once like ‘Eklavya’ to Williams,” mentioned Srivastava.
Priyanka did her internship with Denver department of Nasa after which was once decided on to paintings in Nasa JPL, California, US.
“She final got here to India in December 2019. Covid-19 pandemic final 12 months stored her from coming to us,” mentioned Srivastava.