Chandigarh, Feb. 24 -- Two alumnae of Punjab Engineering College (PEC) are among the scientists who are part of the US space agency NASA's Mars 2020 mission.

Vandi Verma had graduated from PEC in 1994 and Kavita Kaur completed her degree a year later.

While Verma is the chief engineer for robotic operations for the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover, Kaur has worked on Mars 2020 mission in various capacities, including ground data system (GDS) engineer and GDS integration and test engineer.

According to the space agency, Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover will search for signs of ancient microbial life, which will advance NASA's quest to explore the past habitability of the planet.

Kaur, daughter of former principal of Chandigarh College of Archi...