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   Karen McBride

What advice can you offer to young scientists or engineers?

Work hard, play hard, and get to know the right people (e.g., the people who interest you).

What are your personal goals for the future?

Running a small space company someplace in Southern California, near the beach...

What are your dreams for the future of exploration?

More Mars, more often, Mars, Mars, and more Mars!

What portion of this mission interests you the most?

Landing safely.

What is the most fascinating thing about your mission?

It may actually land safely.

And the people.

What's the most challenging part of your job?

Landing safely.

What is unique about your job?

It doesnt depend on landing safely...and the people.

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

Singing opera at Peter Smiths house.

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

A farmer.

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

It was all a great mistake, and I needed the money.

Why do you think Mars Exploration is important?

Because it is the new frontier, and a fascinating body for exploration.

What excites you about Mars or about space exploration?

Being part of history, and discovery, and landing safely...

Do you work on any other projects at your company?

Many others.

Describe the human side of robotic exploration.

People design, build, and operate their "children," and celebrate their missions as if they were their own flesh and blood. That is what I call dedication.

Do you have any hobbies?

Yeah, right...

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

That we landed safely...

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