The designer of NASA's key craft system grew in TN | India news


MARYLAND: When NASA's New Horizons spacecraft passes the farthest and most ancient objects in the solar system, called Ultima Thule, around 11am (IST) on January 1 at a speed of 14 km per second, it will be a moment of celebration in India too.

The reason:
Carl S Engelbrecht, men who fabricated, designed, and tested the New Horizons propulsion system born in Kodaikanal. He spent his early years at Krishnagiri in Tamil Nadu and spoke Tamil. He said he could also read and write Tamil.

To prove that he was still very soulless in Tamil, he greeted this correspondent in Tamil when he met him at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics (APL) science building on Friday. "I spent 15 years in Tamil Nadu and studied at the Kodaikanal International School," Carl, who came to the US in 1977 and joined APL in 2002, said

His relationship with India, especially Tamil Nadu, does not stop there. His daughter Gillian Engelbrecht taught at the Holy Cross School in Vellore in Tamil Nadu.


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