Philip Chu, our latest Way Cool Scientist, has
been working at the JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
in Pasadena, California, since January 2004, and
has been in close contact with the RAT from the
Paulo is a Payload Downlink Lead (PDL) and the Long-Term Documentarian for the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) mission.
was only a high school student when
she became involved with the Mars Exploration
Rover (MER) mission.
Rob Sullivan, along with his MER science team
colleagues, has been developing strategies to
penetrate the Martian exterior. The technique
that they have developed is called "trenching."
Heather has been intimately
involved with the cameras since before they were airborne. Heather
graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Mechanical
Engineering in 2002. Just after graduation — really, just days
after graduation — she went to JPL (the Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
in Pasadena, California, to get started on the MER mission.
As the Co-Investigator on the MER project, Madsen, along with seven
other scientists and several students, is responsible for the magnetic
properties experiments. He is also a member of the camera team; he'll
keep an eye on the quality of images sent back to Earth during the
night, and program the cameras for the following day.
When she isn't doing homework, attending classes, and studying for
exams, Zoe Learner is gearing up for the landing of the Mars Exploration
Rovers. At age twenty-five, Zoe is a second-year graduate student at
Cornell University, a member of the 2003 Athena Science Team, and the
youngest Way Cool Scientist to date.
Lemmon is an Associate Research Scientist in the Atmospheric Sciences
Department at Texas A&M University in College Station.
Dr. Mark Lemmon, along with a small
group of fellow scientists, will study the planet's atmosphere.
Mary Mulvanerton, Diane Bollen and Pamela Smith
There are many people who are part of the Mars mission who come from
different backgrounds and have various talents that they put to use to
support the Mars Exploration Rover team. They are part of the Athena team
that helps principal investigator Steve Squyres get his work done.
They may not be career scientists, but they all agree that their jobs
are "Way Cool."
Bell helped design and test Pancam and define the kinds of science
measurements it would make.
Dr. Calvin works on satellite and aircraft pictures that are taken at a
number of visible and infrared wavelengths to study surface rocks and minerals on Earth and
Dr. Richter is currently working for NASA as a member of the 2003 Mars
Exploration Rover (MER) Mission and is involved in a European mission
called 'Mars Express' that also launches next year.
As Principal Investigator, Dr. Cabrol leads research projects and expeditions here on
Earth while developing exploration strategies to collect more information with the rovers on Mars.
Ken is a geologist at the U.S. Geological Survey in Flagstaff, Arizona.
He's also a member of the science team for the Mars Reconnaissance
Orbiter mission in 2005.
Joy Crisp, Mars Exploration Rover Project Scientist, is responsible for the science integrity of
the Mission, representing the science investigators and acting as a science spokesperson for the Project.
Stephen Gorevan, an engineer at Honeybee Robotics, leads the RAT development team.
Wdowiak is a Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham working with the Mössbauer Spectrometer.
Dr. Alian Wang is a senior research scientist in the Department of Earth
and Planetary Sciences at Washington University and a scientific
collaborator on the Mars Exploration Rover Project.
McCartney is a Mission Planner for the Athena explorations of Mars.
Squyres, a Cornell planetary geoscientist, is the leader of
science teams for the 2003 missions to Mars.
Arvidson, James S. McDonnell Distinquished University Professor,
Washington University in St. Louis, is the leader of the
2003 Mars Mission's Science Operations Working Groups
Knoll, a Professor of Biology and paleontologist brings his expertise and
experience as an astrobiologist to the Athena Mars Missions.