NASA Langley Researcher to Speak on Mars Phoenix Lander
NASA senior engineer
Desai will speak on the Mars Phoenix Lander and Langley’s contributions to the mission in a colloquium lecture this
Desai will present the same lecture for the general public on Tuesday evening at
A NASA Langley employee for 18 years, Desai has contributed to the design, development and flight operations of many NASA missions pertaining to entry, descent and landing of probes at Mars and Earth. He led the design of the entry, descent and landing system for Langley’s effort on the recent Mars Phoenix Lander mission. He was the NASA Langley lead for the Mars Exploration Rover mission that successfully landed the rovers “Spirit” and “Opportunity” in 2004. He also aided in the design and developments of the Stardust and Genesis entry capsules that were the first to return cometary and solar wind particles.