Broadcast information
TV Station Registration
School Teacher Registration
Order Tapes
The Red Planet
Follow the Water
History of Mars Exploration
Oral History
The M-Team
Watch The Videos
Hands on Activities
Online Interaction
Marsquest-Destination Mars
Local Events
Spanish Resources
New and Now
Around the WWW
On This Site

TMwM is made possible in
part by

Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the developer, PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE, and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Science Foundation.


Rob Manning
Entry, Descent and Landing Operations Manager
Mars Exploration Rovers mission
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California

On December 14, 2001, P2K spoke with Rob about what was so special about Pathfinder, and what might be different between that mission and the Mars Exploration Rovers mission.

P2K: What do you think made "Pathfinder" so successful???

Rob Manning: Well, with the years, I think the biggest thing that made Pathfinder a success was not just the surreal reaction of landing on Mars and feeling what it feels like to see and explore another planet - which is, you know, heaven for those of us in this business... it's... there's nothing like having your eyes and ears 250 million miles away, it's an indescribable experience. But I think that part of the success was the demonstration that groups of people can get together as effectively and as efficiently as they can and do something that's patently risky, and actually succeed. Now, it doesn't always work. But when it does work it is really wonderful, and it's a wonderful message to a lot of people about taking risks. And I think that's the exciting thing.

Back to Interviews Menu Rob Manning's BIOgraphy Rob Manning's Interview    1    2    3    4    5    6