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To MARS with MER - MER the Mission
Joy Crisp Mars Exploration Rovers Project Scientist
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Dr. Joy Crisp of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory devotes her time working to unearth answers about Mars' geology. Tucked away in her prefab trailer office in the middle of the JPL campus, she enables the efforts of the team of scientists whose instruments will be onboard two rovers destined to land on Mars in 2004. These twin robots, part of the Mars Exploration Rover mission, will search for clues about water's past on Mars, and attempt to answer how the rocks and soils around their respective landing sites formed.
Crisp plays many roles in the mission, but principal among them is to represent the interests of the science team to the engineering teams and to report to NASA headquarters about the mission's ability to meet its scientific objectives. The job requires superior scientific breadth, diplomacy and judgment.