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

P2K: Some nameless people have told us that the Mars Exploration Rovers mission might be on edge of too many review borrds, too many Powerpoints?

Rob Manning: Can you have too many reviews? (laughs) Yes, you can. It is possible to have a lot of reviews, and... that's a tough one. In some respects, the process demands reviews. The question is how do you make sure that the review process itself does not get in the way of actually getting the job done. And that's been a balancing act that we've done here... that we've had at JPL almost since its inception. And in fact that one of the reasons that the Lab has been so successful in its history is because of the review process, because we are willing to bare our souls to our peers and to other outsiders to say, "You know, are you really... do you know what you are doing? Explain to me why you think this is going to work? Tell me why I shouldn't cancel you RIGHT NOW." Well, we can tell that story, we have a good story, we should be proud of that story, and be willing to do it. It does take a lot of time, and a lot of effort to make that happen, but I think it's worth spending.

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