Tsai Ing-wen gives credit to Taiwan scientists for NASA’s Mars touchdown

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) paid tribute on Sunday to Taiwanese who took part in the landing of NASA's Perseverance rover on Mars. (Courtesy of Tsai Ing-wen/Facebook)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) paid tribute on Sunday to the Taiwanese engineers who took part in the landing of NASA’s Perseverance rover on Mars.

In a tweet, Tsai said that everybody is so proud of their contributions in making this giant leap in space exploration.

Meanwhile, she took to Facebook to offer more information on the aforesaid Taiwanese who participated in the scientific team of Perseverance.

She unveiled that the team responsible for operating the rover was led by engineer Jeng Yen (嚴正). The team programmed the instructions on Earth and controlled Perseverance on Mars remotely, Tsai said.

She added: “Dr. Dankai Liu (劉登凱), who participated in the spacecraft design, is also from Taiwan.”

Many Taiwanese talents are serving at NASA, and they are the pride of Taiwan, she continued.

Just as the Taiwan team took the first black hole photo in 2019, Taiwan’s strength in scientific research can contribute to all humankind.

Tsai further explained that the Executive Yuan (行政院) recently proposed a draft act on space development promotion.

In addition to making its satellites, Taiwan should be in line with international standards and support the development of the space industry, she noted.

As Dr. Jeng Yen said, young people who want to join in aerospace science and technology should be as brave as Perseverance that had conquered all difficulties and failures.

Last but not least, Tsai stressed that “Taiwan will not be absent!” in the process of human exploration of the unknown.