It might sound as an understatement that our relationship with the Earth has taken a wrong turn, but it’s not far from the truth. The temperatures are going crazy, increasing ocean waters acidity, and ice sheets are shrinking.
With the celebration of the Earth Day on 22 April, a short film ‘We Need Space’ will be released to show how our relationship with Earth is these days. And the actors in this film are women that work for NASA, that help building rocket parts and that help humankind to explore the space.
NASA’s vision for the future is to “reach for new heights and reveal the unknown for the benefit of humankind”. And this will help us improve our Earth too. The three women are engineers at NASA and they talk about their experiences in the programme and difficulties they faced until now.
Three Women Engineers “Reaching For New Heights”
Eshwari Murty is 25 years old and she is a Microdevices Engineer at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She has blue hair, tattoos and piercings and if you saw her “walking on the street that is not what they’d peg me for at all”, said Murty.
She is now working on the Mars 2020 rover. She is working on two projects: the creation of a mechanism that creates oxygen and the EDL camera. Outside her lab, she does totally different things: “I do improv comedy, and I’m a dancer and rock climber. I’m starting to be a freelance photographer, too.”
Nimisha Mittal is 32 years old and she is a Spaceflight Operations Test Engineer, at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. On the other hand, Mittal doesn’t want to go into space. She works on robotic spacecraft and now she works on “the InSight mission to Mars. It’s being launched in three weeks and is supposed to study seismic activity on the surface of Mars.” She loves that she gets to work with European partner. As for her opinion on working at the JPL, she said that “it’s definitely an exciting job, but just like any day-to-day job.”
Julia Levy is 25 years old and she’s a Propulsion Development Engineer at Virgin Orbit. She said that her job is to make sure that the engine “is healthy and we’re collecting all the data we want to collect. Then, I review all the data to make sure everything looks good and we don’t suspect anything is broken.” As for her future wish is to become an astronaut, because she sees space travel as a romantic act:
“Most of the iconic pictures that we see from space are of the earth. We’re obsessed with getting off the earth but looking back at it, too. We’re ready to move on and explore but at the same time we’re never going to lose our ties to earth.”