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   Allen Chen

What advice can you offer to young scientists or engineers?

Technical prowess is important, but isnt the whole battle - it might not even be the hardest part of the battle. Being able to communicate technical issues clearly to people who have less familiarity with the issue youre working is an important soft skill that often doesnt get discussed in school...

What are your personal goals for the future?

Id like to lead the development and execution of a landing on another planetary body.

What portion of this mission interests you the most?

Im principally interested in the entry, descent, and landing system.

What is the most fascinating thing about your mission?

The EDL system on MSL is innovative, but responds directly to the missions needs. It adopts proven technologies from past missions and applies them in a new way to land more rover in more places.

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