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   Julie Townsend
   Cruise Activity Lead for MER/Tactical Uplink Lead MER surface ops
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pasadena, California
United States Of America
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High School: Seaholm High School, Birmingham,  MI

Contributions to Mars Exploration

I am on the Avionics Systems Engineering team. My group does fault-protection - I was doing that for MER for the first few years. Lay person terms - we try to think of all the things that can go wrong and how the spacecraft can figure out how to make itself safe until we get a chance to talk to it again. [more contributions ...]
Personal Reflections

The most fascinating thing is that we are able to pull together such a complex mission in such a short amt of time and that it's going so smoothly so far. During Pathfinder I was in college and I was [more personal reflections ...]