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   Geoffrey Landis
  

What advice can you offer to young scientists or engineers?

Work on stuff that you think is exciting-- if a project excites you, then you'll do great work


What are your personal goals for the future?

I want to work on missions to other planets-- beyond Mars, Venus, the asteroids, the moons of Jupiter...


What are your dreams for the future of exploration?

Robots are great-- some of the best exploration is done by robots. But eventually, people have to start exploring space in person, and I'm really looking forward to that. We humans should explore every planet and moon in the solar system, and then beyond that, we will someday reach for the stars.


What portion of this mission interests you the most?

The most interesting part of this mission is the unknown-- what will we find that we don't expect?


What is unique about your job?

I love my job because it combines so many different interests-- solar energy, planetary exploration, physics, engineering, even science fiction!


Why do you think Mars Exploration is important?

Mars exploration is important because it's in our nature as humans to explore. The more we learn about Mars, and other planets, the more we learn about our own planet Earth, because you can't really understand a planet until you have something else to compare it to.


Do you work on any other projects at your company?

I work on many different projects at NASA. I recently worked on a project to develop airplanes and rovers to explore the planet Venus, which is an extremely challenging project!


Do you have any hobbies?

writing science fiction


Is there anything else you'd like to tell us?

my web page is http://www.sff.net/people/geoffrey.landis -- come by and visit.



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