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   Vandi Verma Tompkins

What advice can you offer to young scientists or engineers?

Life is too short. Spend it doing what you really want to, with the people you most want to be doing it with.

What portion of this mission interests you the most?

The rover.

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

Seeing the first complete end to end test from drilling to sample processing to delivery to science instruments; and tracing in my mind the role of all the bits and pieces that I have spent so much time on over the years and all the incredibly talented people I got to work with.

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