My Family and I
I am 44 and married with three children. I have a daughter in 11th grade and sons in
8th and 5th grades. My two oldest children were born in England, but my youngest was born
here and is therefore an American. In the first few weeks after Mars Pathfinder landed my
family got to see me a lot on TV. They are still laughing!
In the near future I will study the data that have come back from our Mars Pathfinder
instrument. As Pathfinder work comes to an end, I plan to move over more to the Mars 98
Orbiter project which I have been working on at a low level for the last few years. We
have rebuilt the instrument that blew up on Mars Observer and it should be launched on
the Mars 98 spacecraft in December 1998. Hopefully it will get there safely this time,
and map the atmosphere of Mars for many years. I plan to study that data to try and
understand how the atmosphere of Mars works.
Mars Pathfinder was an exciting project to be in, but behind all the fireworks on
July 4 was a team of 200 people who had worked very hard on all the details for three or
four years. If you want to become part of something like that, it means a lot of work
getting training as an engineer or a scientist. On the downside, the work is always too
hard and too difficult, but on the upside it is always interesting, you are never bored,
and the end result is really worthwhile. If you are lucky, you may play a part in
something like Mars Pathfinder.