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Ted Roush
Planetary Scientist
Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California

Likes/Dislikes About Career

The best thing about my job is the excitement of discovering new information about objects within our solar system. The worst thing about my job is that as time passes I have less time to do everyday science as I spend more time on management activities.

As a Kid

I was a pretty normal child, I read a lot but on no specific subject. I loved the out-of-doors and that is why I decided to pursue geology when I returned to college.


The professor who I worked with during my junior and senior years of college really helped influence my decision to pursue my research.

Personal Information

I was born in Seattle, Washington but because my father was in the military we moved to various cities while I was growing up, including: Kobe, Japan; El Paso, Texas; Pine Bluff, Arkansas; New Haven, West Virgina, and Seattle, Washington. For graduate school I moved to Honolulu, Hawaii and after completing school I moved to Redwood City, California. Recently my wife and I moved to Livermore, California where we currently reside. On occassion, I still enjoy the opportunity to go for a hike, or a bike ride. With winter coming, my wife and I hope to be able to go cross-country skiing soon.

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