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Jackie Lyra
ATLO Test Conductor
Mars Exploration Rovers mission
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

My personal motivation
Recently, about two years ago, I had a baby. She's two now, a baby girl, her name is Mackenzie, and lately, the way I see my job is that one day I want to sit down with her and tell her, "You see, we had this spacecraft on Mars and Mommy worked on that," and kind of motivate her to see that you can do whatever you dream of. And not only that, I also want to take that idea and pass it to other kids, too.

When I worked Mars Pathfinder it was very rewarding to me after we landed all the letters that I got from little kids just asking me about my job and how did I do that, especially little girls that thought that it was an impossible dream to ever work on a project like Mars Pathfinder. And it was very rewarding for me to pass on that knowledge, and pass on that dream to them and tell them that you can do whatever you dream of. And I hope that one day they will come, they will work for NASA, for JPL, and maybe they will tell people that the reason why they are working on a project like that is because one day they saw somebody named Jackie Lyra working on a project like that, that motivated them to work hard to get to a point like that.

If you have a dream, if you are a girl and if you have a dream, all you have to do is work on it. It doesn't matter what other people think, it doesn't matter if you are a female or a male. If you have a dream and you work hard on it, believe me, it will happen, but it's all up to you.

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