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   Joseph Guinn
   Supervisor, Inner Planet Navigation
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pasadena, California
United States Of America
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High School: Westbury, Houston,  CA
B.S. Aerospace Engineering, 1983, The University of Texas at Austin
M.S. Aerospace Engineering, 1988, The University of Texas at Austin

Background Information
Joseph Robert Guinn was born in Houston, Texas. He attended the University of Texas at Austin and obtained B.S. and M.S. degrees in the field of Aerospace Engineering. He is currently employed at the California Institute of Technology's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. He has been involved with tracking and navigation of planetary and Earth orbiting spacecraft. Most recently, he supervises the Inner Planet Navigation group that primarily provides development and operations support to NASA’s Mars Exploration Program. He also has worked on GPS based precision orbit determination for the TOPEX/Poseidon ocean topography experiment and on autonomous navigation for the New Millennium Program’s Earth Orbiter-1 mission.

Contributions to Mars Exploration

Mars Technology Development: 1) Orbital rendezvous for future sample return missions, 2) Pinpoint landing using Mars Orbiter beacon navigation during Entry, Descent and Landing (EDL), 3) Autonomous orbit [more contributions ...]
Personal Reflections

Mars sample return. We must first accomplish return of Mars soil samples before we can seriously expect the public to fund sending and returning humans. Let's do this soon. [more personal reflections ...]