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Nagin Cox
Flight System Engineer
NASA's Mars Exploration Rovers Project
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory


P2K: So there's a kid watching this broadcast, a boy or girl, big city or rural area or and they say that's neat, that's something I'd like to know more would you form the question...what I should do to get ready for a career in space science is...what's the dot, dot, dot?

Nagin Cox: The dot, dot , dot is take the math and science and if you are interested in the space program, look up. The stars are right above your head. Join your local astronomy group. Go out at night, look around . Go to the museums during the day. Check out what they have as exhibits. You don't have to wait until you're in college or until you've gotten out of college to figure out what your passion is if it is the space program. Look on the Web. There are a lot of avenues to say I think I'm interested in the space program. I'll get the background in math and science. Almost every town that I know of has an astronomy club. Buy a telescope or a pair of good binoculars. It's all about looking up.

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