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Matt Wallace
Assembly, Test, and Launch Operations (ATLO) Manager
Mars Exploration Rovers mission
NASA / Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pasadena, California

My Personal Life
I grew up in Virginia and have four brothers, none of whom are engineers, all of whom are better golfers than me. I have been married for about 10 years. My wife, Sandra, was born and raised in Scotland, and we go back to visit her family frequently. She works as a nurse on aggressive treatments for critically sick children at the UCLA Medical center, and she's brilliant at it. We don't have any kids. We both like to golf (I probably have achieved fanatic status). On weekends, we can frequently be found out shopping for antiques. I also run and bike when I have the chance, and recently ran my first (and perhaps last) marathon. I play the piano. We both read a lot and we used to try not to ever miss the TV show "Frasier."

P2K: How do you keep working so hard?
"We've continued on with the 2-shift operations, that we started back at JPL almost a year ago, so we have 2 shifts on 2 vehicles, and that's a lot of bodies, lot of hours, lot of weekends, lot of late nights, early mornings, people are a little tired, but we're almost there...

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