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   Paul Fieseler

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

I am told that when I was two years old, I wanted to grow up to be a dump truck. Not the driver, but the vehicle itself. I failed utterly and had to settle for a job as a "rocket scientist".

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

My Dad worked on Apollo and Gemini missions, so I guess that I was infected with the space bug at an early age. In college, I started a student group at the University of Kansas to build a set of experiments that eventually flew on the Space Shuttle. That involvement led to a job in Houston in the Space Shuttle program.

Why do you think Mars Exploration is important?

Exploration in investment and investment usually pays off. Spain become very wealthy and powerful for a few centuries after Columbus. The English gained enormously from after setting down colonies in North America. The Polynesians dared to explore over their ocean horizons and ultimately covered more than half the Pacific. But China, after the late 1400s, stopped exploring and looked only inward for centuries; they are only now waking up.

Do you have any hobbies?

Summer: I recently bought a 27 foot sloop and sail away every chance I get. Winter: I go hiking anywhere above the smog.

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