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Way Cool Scientists!

Philip Chu
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 very beginning.

Paulo Souza
Paulo is a Payload Downlink Lead (PDL) and the Long-Term Documentarian for the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) mission.

Emily Dean
was only a high school student when she became involved with the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) mission.

Rob Sullivan
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 Arneson
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.

Morten Madsen
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.

Zoe Learner
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.

Mark Lemmon
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."

Jim Bell
Bell helped design and test Pancam and define the kinds of science measurements it would make.

Wendy Calvin
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 other planets.

Lutz Richter
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.

Nathalie Cabrol
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 Herkenhoff
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
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
Stephen Gorevan, an engineer at Honeybee Robotics, leads the RAT development team.

Tom Wdowiak
Wdowiak is a Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham working with the Mössbauer Spectrometer.

Alian Wang
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.

Elaina McCartney
McCartney is a Mission Planner for the Athena explorations of Mars.

Steve Squyres
Squyres, a Cornell planetary geoscientist, is the leader of science teams for the 2003 missions to Mars.

Ray Arvidson
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 (SOWGs).

Andrew Knoll
Knoll, a Professor of Biology and paleontologist brings his expertise and experience as an astrobiologist to the Athena Mars Missions.