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   Patrick Donovan
  

What advice can you offer to young scientists or engineers?

Grasp the concepts of mathematics and science. These will serve you well.


What are your personal goals for the future?

Complete MS in Space Studies. Teach after my retirement (slated for 2010)


What are your dreams for the future of exploration?

Moon base and fuel production etc. for extended missions within the solar system. A radio telescope on the back side of the moon.


What portion of this mission interests you the most?

All of it.


What is the most fascinating thing about your mission?

Awaiting Geological Results.


What's the most challenging part of your job?

Long hours of intense concentration. Don't get into this line of work if you want something that is easy. A lot of hard and rewarding work.


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

Basball player.


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

In the Navy while stationed at Cape Canaveral. Started at tracking stations as an electronic technician. As I gained experience and education, I progressed to the position I have now. A lot of self-education. My advice, get all your education first.


Why do you think Mars Exploration is important?

A human need to explore and discover new things.


Do you work on any other projects at your company?

All that are supported by the DSN. LEO, NEO and Deep Space missions.



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