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LIVE FROM MARS: lfm
Spacecraft Systems Engineer
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California
After finishing school in Boston, I began work at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in
Pasadena, California, where I have worked since then. My wife Anne and I live in Pasadena
with our two cats. We met while we were both in school in Boston and have been married
for four years. She works as a management consultant, helping people figure out what
their companies should be planning to do in the future. Anne and I enjoy biking and
running together (although I cannot run as far as she wishes I could). We also enjoy
eating out at restaurants together (which is the main reason why I can't run so far!).
I am very excited about the upcoming launch of our spacecraft to Mars. I am very
anxious to start this mission and get our spacecraft safely into orbit at Mars, where it
can begin returning its valuable scientific data. My first job after graduating from
college was working on the Mars Observer spacecraft. We were very disappointed when we
lost contact with that spacecraft in 1992. In many ways, I feel like with the Mars Global
Surveyor project, we are being given a second chance to return to Mars, since we are
carrying many of the same scientific instruments that Mars Observer carried when it was
lost. We feel confident that we understand what went wrong with Mars Observer, and have
done everything possible to avoid any further problems, but we all must appreciate that
an endeavor as difficult as spaceflight is not without its risks.