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   Louis D'Amario

What advice can you offer to young scientists or engineers?

Pursue your college education at a high-quality university that has a good reputation in the field of study you are interested in. It's also a good idea to obtain an advanced degree.

What are your personal goals for the future?

Lead the Mars Exploration Rover Navigation Team during flight operations. Deliver both rovers to the surface of Mars as accurately as possible.

What are your dreams for the future of exploration?

Explore the large moons of Jupiter to search for life in sub-surface oceans. Return samples of Martian soil and rocks to Earth for analysis. Return humans to the Moon and land humans on Mars.

What portion of this mission interests you the most?

I have always been most interested in interplanetary trajectories and navigation.

What is the most fascinating thing about your mission?

The MER mission will land two rovers in separate locations on Mars. These will be the first Mars landers since the Mars Pathfinder mission in 1997.

What's the most challenging part of your job?

Interplanetary navigation to hit the desired aimpoint at Mars atmospheric entry.

When you were in elementary school, what did you want to be when you grew up?

An aeronautical engineer working on the space program.

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