On this week’s ‘Not My Job’ segment of the NPR quiz show Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, is Swati Mohan, lead engineer of NASA who narrated the Mars landing. Her conversation with host Peter Sagal is pretty straight forward about the Mars project and her work on it, including the famous Seven Minutes of Terror – but it’s fascinating. Including that Mission Control was actually 11 minutes behind the real landing as they were guiding the movement of the craft. Interesting, too, is how many of the panelists jump in with questions. One oddity, given her job, is that the audio quality comes across somewhat like her head is in a wooden bucket.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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