Dr Mohan had migrated to the US from India at the age of 1 and was raised in Northern Virginia. According to NASA, she completed her B.S. from Cornell University in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and her M.S. and Ph.D from MIT in Aeronautics.
She was also a part of the mission to Saturn (Cassini) and the spacecraft that was flown to the Moon (Grail).
She was working on this mission to Mars since 2013.
Having professed her love for work, she shared her experience at NASA as “extremely exciting”.
Sharing her career plans as she was a kid, she said that until she was 16 years old she wanted to be a paediatrician. She has an interest in space but did not know the opportunities that it held. At 16, she took her first physics class which changed her life.
Sharing a funny incident, she said that her life-long interest in space was triggered after watching Star Trek at the age of 9, which exposed her to the vastness of space and the knowledge that it holds.