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Jessica Collisson
Integration and Test Team
NASA's Mars Exploration Rovers Project
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory


P2K: What does that mean?

Jessica Collisson: That means that I'm responsible for performing different tests and checkouts on the rover and making sure the system is operating as we expect. We have procedures that we write for system functionality testing and we're also responsible for building up the system and creating a test environment where we can exercise the different cruise stage, entry, descent and landing stage and rovers stages. I'm most involved with setting up the facility and making sure that we have everything set up for rover surface testing.

P2K: What do you like most about your job?

Jessica Collisson: The testing and understanding how the system works is probably the biggest highlight. It's a good way to get into the system and find out all the highlights and features and things you need to be careful about. When putting it together that's the stepping stones and then running system functional tests and verifying the system is operating as a whole. So being on the integration and testing, really allows me to go in and understand the system and how it's supposed to work, and if we do find a problem, think of ways to make it better. Knowing how everything else is supposed to work. Other things are being able to be out here in a sandbox where you're constantly putting pieces together, taking them apart, you're almost working in a garage type atmosphere. It helps make your day coming to work a little fun and different than the standard sitting behind the desk.

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