Kamal Oudrhiri, a Moroccan in charge of Monitoring NASA’s Mission to Mars
By Larbi Arbaoui
Morocco World News
Fez, August 6, 2012
Kamal Oudrhiri, a Moroccan-American engineer at NASA, is part of the monitoring mission charged to observe the robot “Curiosity”, in charge of finding traces of life on Mars that landed today, August 6, on the soil of the Red Planet.
Oudrhiri is the first person to have announced the landing of the robot “Curiosity” on the Martian soil, which is the most advanced gear ever sent by NASA on another planet.
Kamal Oudrhiri, a Moroccan national native of Fez, is in charge of observing this spacecraft during the two years of its mission on Mars.
The Moroccan telecommunication engineer, working on behalf of the American space agency, is the head of the Radio Science team responsible for examining the arrival of the robot ‘’Curiosity’’ on the Red Planet.
“I am the head of Radio Science, the team that detects signals from the robot. Sensitive receptors are used to track the robots as they pass through different planets during their trip. I’ll be the first person to confirm whether the landing of Curiosity was successful. Once the robot is on Mars, I will also participate in the various expeditions of Curiosity, “said Kamal Oudrhiri, in an interview with the Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) news agency.
The Moroccan engineer, who has been working for NASA for more than 18 years, said he was proud to participate in this space adventure, which is the first of its kind.
“As a Moroccan-American, I am obviously very honored to participate in this extremely important mission for NASA, America and the world,” said Kamal Oudrhiri to MAP.
Kamal Oudrhiri is one of those Moroccans who proudly hoisted the flag of Morocco and he is a real example that Moroccan skills can reach the highest positions in high-tech sectors.