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   Mike Seibert
   Software Engineer
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pasadena, California
United States Of America
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High School: J.K. Mullen High School, Denver,  CO
Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado at Boulder

Background Information
I am orginally from Denver, CO where I was born and raised.

I have always been interested in spaceflight. My parents link it to a toy space shuttle they got me secondhand when I was three. In 1992 I saw the shuttle Atlantis launch on STS-45, and that is when I remember deciding I wanted to be an astronaut.

I started my technical career during summers in high school when I worked as a software tester working on third party testing of e-commerce software. During college I participate in NASA's Space Grant program where I was fortunate enough to work on three separate undgraduate spacecraft, one of which launched in December 2004 during my senior year. I was also given the opportunity to work as a controller for the mission. Less than a week after graduation, in May 2005, I had an interview with Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where I now work.

I have always enjoyed exploring here on Earth whether it be by backpacking, climbing 14ers or backcountry skiing, and now I get paid to help further the exploration of Mars. It's a dream come true.

Contributions to Mars Exploration

content image for contributions section I am currently assigned to the Mission Data Operations Team (MDOT). As a early carrer hire I am training to provide support for all aspects of the Ground Data System (GDS) to ensure that the data from the two rovers makes it to the engineers and scientists here on Earth as well as ensuring the commands sent from Earth are transmitted properly. [more contributions ...]
Personal Reflections

content image for personal reflections section I enjoy working on cars. I own a 1974 Toyota Land Cruiser that I have partially restored. That project has given me the opportunity to add four wheeling to my list of hobbies. Another one of my major hobbies is building scale models of real spacecraft. [more personal reflections ...]