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   David Beaty
   Mars Program Science Manager
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pasadena, California
United States Of America
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High School: Boulder High School, Boulder,  CO
A.B., Dartmouth College
Ph.D., Caltech

Background Information
I got my start in the space program working on Apollo 11 and 12 while I was a graduate student. I am a geologist, and my job was to describe the samples which were returned. At the end of the Apollo program, I worked in exploring the Earth for the next 20 years. I was an exploration geologist, first in the mining industry, then in the oil industry. During this period, I developed an interest in management because I became more interested in getting all of the pieces to fit together correctly rather than in doing one of the pieces myself. In 1999 I returned to NASA as a manager in the Mars Exploration Program.

Contributions to Mars Exploration

I have been heavily involved in planning the science for this mission. It can be a challenge to build a consensus among scientists with strongly held opinions. [more contributions ...]
Personal Reflections

Set goals for yourself, and then meet them. [more personal reflections ...]