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Meet Ghanaian scientists who built InSight, NASA's newest spacecraft to land on Mars

General News Thursday, November 29 2018



Dr. Trebill NASADr. Trebi-Ollennu

On Monday, November 26, 2018, InSight, a spacecraft belonging to the American National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) landed on Mars.

According to the New York Times, spacecraft are expected to study the underwater world, listen to marsquakes and look for clues about the formation of a dusty world.

Although this is usually an American conquest or achievement, Ghanaian people have the right to join in cheers.

This is because at the heart of the historic landing on Mars on Monday was the extraordinary work of Ghanaian engineer Dr. Ashitey Trebi-Ollennu who led the team for InSight at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Dr. Trebi-Ollennu builds robot components for planetary exploration, dreams that began in childhood in Ghana. He is responsible for the robotic arms and hands of the InSight mission.

Born in Ghana, Dr. Trebi-Ollennu has worked at NASA since 1999 and has been the Chief Engineer of Robotics at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

After completing his second education, he moved to England where he had a Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) In Avionics at Queen Mary College, University of London in 1991. Dr. Trebi-Ollennu is also the founder of Ghana Robotics. The Academy Foundation won the prestigious Google RISE Award 2013.

This academy is dedicated to motivating and inspiring interest and participation of Ghanaian youth in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education through direct robotics workshops and competitions.

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