What advice can you offer to young scientists or engineers?
Find ways to experience the different fields of study that interest you to help determine what you really enjoy. Talk with your teachers about your interests. Most teachers are excited to help guide you toward an area that satisfies your passion for learning. That’s why they became teachers.
What are your personal goals for the future?
To continue to be involved with space missions that attempt to accomplish things that haven’t been done before.
What are your dreams for the future of exploration?
Find evidence of life beyond the planet Earth.
What portion of this mission interests you the most?
The ability of the rovers to perform panoramic scans of an unknown landscape, and then head toward the most exciting features.
What is the most fascinating thing about your mission?
The realization that people all over the world can experience a virtual presence on Mars through the Internet.
What's the most challenging part of your job?
Balancing family and work responsibilities when there isn’t enough time for both.
What’s the most extraordinary experience you've had so far on this mission?
I was amazed by the thrill my 4 year old boy and 2 year old girl get when they watch the MER mission video. My son was also mesmerized by the launch, referring to it as “Daddy’s rocket!”
When you were in elementary school, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to play left field for the Chicago Cubs.
Why do you think Mars Exploration is important?
One important aspect is that it inspires our youth to dream big and imagine the opportunities to explore beyond our own planet.
What excites you about Mars or about space exploration?
I view space exploration as a glimpse into the future of the human race.