Nagin Cox

NASA scientist

Zainab Nagin Cox (1965 –) is a spacecraft operations engineer at Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Cox in 2018, wearing her mission lanyards collected from more than two decades at JPL.


  • Soon we will have people on Mars, and we truly will be multi-planetary. And the young boy or the young girl who will be going to Mars could be in this audience or listening today. I have wanted to work at JPL on these missions since I was 14 years old and I am privileged to be a part of it. And this is a remarkable time in the space program, and we are all in this journey together. So the next time you think you don't have enough time in your day, just remember, it's all a matter of your Earthly perspective.

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