Meet The African Genius Ashitey Ollenu Instrumental In MARS Exploration Rover

This is the African engineering genius and NASA lead engineer, Ashitey Ollenu, whose innovation of a robotic arm aboard the MARS Insight, was instrumental in sending data and pictures from MARS to earth.

He’s worked on all expeditions since the 2003 Mars Exploration Rover.

The one-ton, nuclear-powered Perseverance made a swift, acrobatic descent through the thin Martian atmosphere that, if all went well, has been captured on video for the first time.

The rover autonomously timed its movements so that it would alight within a roughly four-mile-wide landing ellipse in Mars’s Jezero Crater, which once hosted a deep and potentially long-lived lake. 

Perseverance then confirmed its safe arrival with a signal relayed to Earth via the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter—and it sent its first photos from its perch on the surface, sparking socially distanced celebrations at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California.

In JPL’s mission control, matching face masks muffled shouts of excitement, but the team’s relief and jubilation were still very evident.

Ashitey Trebi-Ollennu was fascinated by the planes that flew in and out of the airport. But his dreams were not to be a pilot, his imagination was more unique than that.

He envisioned a future where robots would fly the planes. “I was fascinated by replacing human pilots with computers. I was very interested in that as a young kid,” he told CNN in 2018.

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