Women Tweet How Seeing NASA Engineer Dr. Swati Mohan Rock A Bindi Gives Them Confidence

On February 18, NASA’s Mars rover named Perseverance landed safely on the red planet. And the fascinating moment was marked by the voice of Mars 2020 Guidance, Navigation, & Control Operations Lead Dr. Swati Mohan saying, “Touchdown confirmed.” Everyone was excited to see the first images being shared by the rover but the scientist’s bindi also became a point of discussion on Twitter, reports NDTV.

Seeing her rocking a bindi in the control room of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, many women recalled how they were asked unnecessary questions or bullied when they themselves sported one. They remarked how watching a NASA engineer proudly wear one gave them much-needed confidence.


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On the other side of the scale, people noted that instead of her bindi, attention should be focused on her years of hard work, achievements, and successes.

Do you think the discussion over the scientist’s bindi is glossing over and trivializing her achievements or do you think that both of these aspects are worth celebrating?

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