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   Charles Baker
   MSL Launch, Cruise and EDL Mission Planner
NASA, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Anaheim Hills, California
United States Of America
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High School: Trenton High School, Trenton,  MI
B.S., Geographic Information Systems, California State University Sacramento
M.E., Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Background Information
I was born and raised in Trenton, Michigan. As a kid, my father tuned in the TV so that we could watch the first images of the surface of Mars from the Viking 1 lander. Since then, I have been fascinated with space exploration with a keen interest in Mars. After I graduated from high school, I joined the US Navy where I was very fortunate to be accepted in a college degree program and receive a commission as a Naval Officer. I later attended graduate school in Colorado. My thesis work was focused on orbital remote sensing optimization. Working for NASA and being able to contribute to the Mars Exploration Program has been an incredible experience and a dream come true.

Contributions to Mars Exploration

I am a member of the Mission Engineering and Planning Group in the Systems Engineering Section at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Most of my work is focussed on developing plans for how the spacecraft and scientific payload will be operated in space to accomplish the objectives of the mission. [more contributions ...]
Personal Reflections

There is no goal that is ever out of reach. With a spirit of determination and commitment, every dream is possible. Set the highest goals possible for yourself early in your career and beyond and work hard to achieve them. [more personal reflections ...]