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   Alice Jerahian

What advice can you offer to young scientists or engineers?

Follow your interest and make sure you end up enjoying what you do. It is the essential key to success. But, nothing comes without hard work. As the saying goes, “No pain, no gain.”. Personally, I love what I do, and never get tired of it! I believe it is a blessing to have the opportunity to work in such an environment as JPL and will always find means to grow and nurture from it. The experiences gained are invaluable!

What are your personal goals for the future?

Continue to work on new and challenging missions…and possibly, move to Mars, in the future.

What is the most fascinating thing about your mission?

The most fascinating thing is to work with people with such diverse backgrounds, encounter more opportunities to learn and learn and learn, and apply my knowledge as best as I can in all venues.

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

I had a wide variety of interests. But most of all I wanted to either become a teacher or work with computers. Well, I am certainly getting to do a lot of both.

Why do you think Mars Exploration is important?

There is life out there other than on planet Earth. No one said we should stop at Earth. All we have to do is to keep trying hard to prove life on other planets and the next best place is Mars.

What excites you about Mars or about space exploration?

The images brought back from the rovers are so intriguing one can actually feel it is quite close and on Earth. With recent scientific discoveries about salt water and even methane, our exploration and future discoveries can actually lead us to another homeland.....MARS!

Do you have any hobbies?

Next to tremendously enjoying what I do, I love reading, writing, listening to music, and dancing. Since I am also blessed with a wonderful family, I cherish the moments I get to spend with them and explore new possibilities in that arena. See, exploration never ends….

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

Study hard when you are young, learn to excel in verbal and written communications skills, work hard, then go into what I would call a ‘cruising mode’ where all you have to do is enjoy what you are doing and apply al that you have learned.

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