I think it’s safe to say that women run more than just the world. On Thursday, the Perseverance rover successfully landed on Mars for which the guidance, navigation, and even the control operations were handled by Swati Mohan.
The Indian-American scientist confirmed the touchdown. NASA even shared a video where she is seen wearing a ‘bindi.’
Needless to say, this gesture moved many and people couldn’t help but appreciate the ‘woman in bindi.’
listen.— Anuradha Damale (@anulikesstars) February 18, 2021
i wore a bindi through primary school and got bullied, physically bullied, for it. this is doing all kinds of things to me. 🥲
swati mohan in mission control, thank you. #NASAPerseverance
I love NASA engineer Dr. Swati Mohan and her rockin a bindi 😭❤️— saron (shuh-rown) (@saronofmordor) February 18, 2021
Gotta say I got feels seeing Dr. Mohan announce the rover touchdown. I wonder where those kids are who would tease me about my mom’s bindi back in the day (the Bay Area wasn’t always a vast melting pot of diversity)https://t.co/PDratKUJ9O— Chandan Narayan | ಚಂದನ್ ನಾರಾಯಣ್ (@GutStrings) February 18, 2021
I feel unreasonably happy about the NASA spokesperson for the Perseverence rover's Mars landing being an Indian woman with a bindi! ☺️— Sangeetha Abdu Jyothi (@sangeetha_a_j) February 18, 2021
The Great Indian Bindi!— Mayank Mishra (@MayankM50873152) February 19, 2021
NASA’s Dr. Swati Mohan has inspired a new generation of scientists from India and all parts of the world!
walking us through Perseverance Rover Landing on Mars while wearing a Bindi (colored dot on the forehead) is an example we all need. pic.twitter.com/vHWiGLrtgw
Just skimming through the MARS cvg frm yesterday and seeing Dr. Swati Mohan rock her bindi while landing Perseverance is giving me all kinds of Happy Friday feels! pic.twitter.com/kVNeuOc2UC— supriya venkat (@svenkat) February 19, 2021
“Touchdown confirmed! Perseverance is safely on the surface of Mars, ready to begin seeking the signs of past life”.— Richa Thapliyal (@RichaThapliyal3) February 19, 2021
The voice you heard behind Mars rover landing is that of Dr Swati Mohan, rocking in that bindi 😄#NASAPerseverance #NASA #MarsPerseverance https://t.co/6zs8n3aRJs
While some had a different view.
A$$holes are elated because Swati Mohan wore a Bindi but not because she LED THE NAVIGATION for the landing of Perseverance.— Apeksha (@apekshabesekar) February 19, 2021
This is colossally misogynistic and ridiculous!
Why is Swati Mohan wearing a bindi part of this article? For that matter any article! Such shoddy reporting. pic.twitter.com/WizBLExUBE— Deepa Iyer (@jiljilramamani) February 20, 2021
Well, call it what you want, Swati Mohan wearing that bindi while handling the operation is as badass as anyone could get.