Meet some of the women team members and hear about the exciting and challenging jobs they do in science and engineering while working with Mars rover Curiosity.
Both men and women from many diverse backgrounds operate NASA's Mars Rover Curiosity. It takes about 100 people to plan and send commands that tell the rover what to do, plus make sure the rover is healthy and performing well.
On June 26, 2014, women working on the Mars Science Laboratory mission gathered to fill as many roles as possible all at once - 75% of the rover operations jobs.
Find out all about team members working that day, along with the kinds of jobs they did on June 26:
In her role as robot geologist, Curiosity is exploring Gale Crater, on a quest to understand Mars as a potential habitat for microbial life in Mars' ancient past. Through communications uplinks, she* responds to the commands of her mission team, and through communications downlinks, sends back reports on health and discoveries eagerly awaited on Earth!
*Ancient mariners and explorers throughout history have a tradition of calling their ships and voyaging craft "she" and "her."
These are pictures of some of the women working on the Curiosity rover taken in the "Mars Yard," a simulated martian landscape right here at JPL.
The JPL Mars Yard is used by the research and flight projects to test different robotic prototypes. This facility provides a large test area and an outdoor environment to test different robotic applications under natural lighting conditions. The soil characteristics are matched to some regions on Mars, and the rock colors, sizes and distribution are intended to match images from our Martian missions.