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Tony Spear
Project Manager, Mars Pathfinder Lander
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California

Who I Am

For the past five years I haved worked as the project manager for the second NASA Discovery Mission: the Mars Pathfinder Lander 1996 mission.

My Career Journey

After I graduated from high school I spent four years in the US Air Force attending radio school and working in radio repair on jet fighters. I then went on to get my B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon and then an M.S. degree in EE from the University of Southern California.

I worked at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California while taking classes toward my Master's degree. I also did graduate work in the Engineering Executive Program at the University of California at Los Angeles and earned a Masters of Engineering.

I've held many different jobs since I began my career at JPL in 1962. I first started out in Deep Space Telecommunication System Engineering where I was involved in the design and development of NASA's Mariner Mars 1964 and 1969 and Mariner Venus Mercury 1973 missions. I also helped design the lander-orbiter relay communications link for the Viking Mars Orbiter and Lander mission in 1976.

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