Matt Golombek
Project Scientist, Mars Pathfinder
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California

Personal Information
I'm 42 years old, have been married for 17 years, and have four-year old twins (a boy and girl). I used to like to go hiking and play softball but I haven't done much of that lately! My real passion is exploring the American West; we all love to do that.

I grew up in the New York City area and went to college at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Living there opened my horizons to the diversity of our society and of occupations available. And that it was important to choose an occupation one enjoyed. I always remember being interested in why things were the way they were. What got me interested in geology was wanting to know why there were mountains and valleys and how they got that way. And one could work in the field outside of the office! Planetary geology was even more fun because one got to study not only the Earth but the other planets as well. All of this is a roundabout way of saying, "Go with your heart!"

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