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

From 1975 to 1979, I switched gears and managed the development and implementation of the microwave instruments for the NASA SEASAT 1978 Earth Satellite mission, including the first Synthetic Aperture Imaging Radar to fly in space.

For the next 11 years I worked in various capacities for the Magellan 1989 Venus Radar Mapping mission including preproject study manager, mission manager and Synthetic Aperture Imaging Radar manager, deputy project manager, mission manager and finally as project manager through Venus orbit insertion in 1990 and the completion of the primary mission high-resolution surface radar imaging map in 1991.

For one year ('91-'92) I led JPL's initial studies of NASA's "cheaper, better, faster" fixed-priced, low-cost, quick-reaction Discovery missions. This lead me to working as the project manager for the Mars Pathfinder Lander mission.

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My hobbies include photography, gardening, golfing, skiing and mountain climbing (I have trekked twice in the Himalayas!).

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