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   Kevin Burke

What advice can you offer to young scientists or engineers?

Enjoy what you do for a living. If you can find a profession that you really love, you'll be happier in the long run.

What are your personal goals for the future?

Continue the exploration of space.

What are your dreams for the future of exploration?

Eventually have mankind visit our neighboring planets.

What portion of this mission interests you the most?

The opportunity to explore and traverse large distances.

What is the most fascinating thing about your mission?

The effort it took to accomplish it.

What's the most challenging part of your job?

Remembering all of the little details that make a difference.

What is unique about your job?

Being involved from the concept to the operations.

What’s the most extraordinary experience you've had so far on this mission?

The opportunity to work with such a talented team.

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

An astronaut!

When did you decide you wanted to be in the space industry and how did you go for it?

In grade school I was interested in cars and space. By the time I was in college I knew space exploration was my primary interest--cars could be my hobby. So I applied for a co-op position at JPL and the rest is history.

Why do you think Mars Exploration is important?

First, exploration of any kind is important since it satisfies the human spirit and has the potential for discovery. Exploring Mars is important since it can give insight into the origin of our own planet.

What excites you about Mars or about space exploration?

The challenge in getting there.

Do you work on any other projects at your company?

Not right now.

Describe the human side of robotic exploration.

The robots are merely an extension of ourselves. They are our eyes, ears, hands, and other senses for places we cannot explore in person. But we tell them how to explore the environs and are excited when they succeed and are sad when they fail.

Do you have any hobbies?

Bicycle racing.

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