Interview with NASA engineer: When the Mars rover sets the pace of the day

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Interview with NASA engineer: When the Mars rover sets the pace of the day

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The Mars rovers like Curiosity and Perseverance bring new, exciting insights into the neighboring red planet almost every day. A lot of work is required to even get this information. In addition to scientists, technicians are also needed to control the rovers and to accompany the implementation of the necessary experiments. The American Nagin Cox is such a spaceship technician. She works at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and is a member of the team responsible for the operation of the two Mars rovers Curiosity and Perseverance.

She holds a university degree in space engineering and joined JPL in 1993 after serving six years with the US Air Force. She worked on the Galileo mission as well as on the operation of the Kepler space telescope and three Mars rovers. In an interview, she explains how fascinating, but also how strenuous the job is, to control a machine on another planet and to get involved in the daily rhythm of Mars.

Before joining the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), you served in the US Air Force for six years. Always wanted to ascend to interplanetary space missions?

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