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   Ray Baker
   EDL Systems Engineer / Senior Propulsion System Engineer
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pasadena, California
United States Of America
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High School: Penn-Trafford High School, Harrison City,  PA
B.S. Aerospace Engineering, Penn State
M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Caltech

Background Information
I come from a small town in the country east of Pittsburgh. Ive been fascinated with space exploration since the day I watched the first Space Shuttle launch on TV with my Dad. Now, more than 30 years later, Im a part of it. On Sunday, August 5th, Ill be watching most of the efforts of the last 11 years of my life come down to a 7 minute plunge toward the surface of Mars.

Contributions to Mars Exploration

Ive collaborated on several propulsion and system technology proposals aimed at Mars Landers and Sample Return missions. Ive also been a part of numerous mission concept studies for Mars exploration missions. [more contributions ...]
Personal Reflections

Find your passion and follow it. Dont be afraid to branch out into areas outside of your major or specialty. [more personal reflections ...]