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Thread: Flight director for NASA's Mars Perseverance - great story

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    Sep 2003
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    Flight director for NASA's Mars Perseverance - great story

    This is inspiring.
    CBS News

    When NASA's Perseverance rover successfully landed on Mars last week, aerospace engineer Diana Trujillo, who is a flight director on the mission, said in an interview with CBS News that it took her some time to process that it had arrived on the red planet.

    "I was very much on the mindset of 'What's happening?'" she said. Then as pictures and videos from Perseverance started to beam back, it became real.


    The landing only marked the beginning of Perseverance's stop on Mars, but playing a leadership role in the historic mission to find life there was decades in the making for Trujillo. Her dreams of reaching space and wanting to understand the universe came as a young person in Cali, Colombia. Her parents were divorcing and as a 17-year-old, she decided to go to the United States, arriving with only $300 and not speaking any English. She worked housekeeping jobs to pay for her studies and later joined NASA in 2007.
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    May 2003
    Great story Swift. I bet she had to smash a lot stereotypes along the way. Good for her. She certainly lives up to the name of Perseverance.

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    Dec 2007
    Bend, Oregon
    Very inspiring story. What does it mean to be a 'flight director' though? From what I read, she's an engineering team lead (robotic arm).

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