Tunisian scientist contributes to launching the NASA Mars spacecraft


According to the “Tunis Africa News Agency”, the Tunisian scientist, Mohamed Obeid, has worked actively in developing a vehicle The space That made its way to “Red planet“.

Last Thursday, the Atlas missile took off from the US state of Florida, in an effort to search for bacterial remains or for any biological evidence of life in Mars.

Dr. Muhammad Obaid is the deputy chief mechanical engineer for the USSA’s Mars 2020 project.NASA“.

Tunisian start

Obaid was born in Tunis, specifically in the southern city of Sfax, and after obtaining the baccalaureate, he moved to France Where he obtained a master’s degree in 1994.

Thanks to his excellence in study, Obaid was able to obtain a PhD scholarship at the University of California, USA.

After completing the studies, Obaid worked in University of California In the position of Assistant Professor for about ten years, where he gained extensive experience paved the way for joining the prestigious NASA agency.

In 2004, Ubaid joined the agency and joined the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, one of the most popular NASA laboratories, thanks to the astronauts landing on the moon during the 1960s and 1970s.

During the past sixteen years, Dr. Obaid graduated from the rank of engineer to the rank of chief engineer for the first time in his career through the space mission “SMAP” in “NASA”.

In 2014 he was promoted to head of the Mechatronic team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

In late 2016, Dr. Muhammad Obaid was appointed as the Deputy Chief Mechanical Engineer of the “Mars 2020” project that was successfully launched last Thursday.

An ambitious project

Dr. Obaid said in a press interview that “the launch was wonderful and that he followed the launch of the Atlas missile into space from his car, only two miles from the launch site.”

The spacecraft will spend approximately 7 months before reaching the Red Planet, where Obaid and his team will receive the helm of the remote space mission in order to land the spacecraft successfully on the surface of Mars.

And carrying a “Atlas” missile, with a robot on board, will try to answer the question “Have you ever found life on Mars?”

If the robot arrives as planned on February 18, 2021, it will be the fifth mobile robot to land on this planet successfully since 1997.


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