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My name is Roger Wiens and I live in Los Alamos, NM, USA. I am the Principal Investigator for ChemCam which means I direct all activities associated with the instrument. I started the project about fifteen years ago when another co-worker and I told NASA that we could develop the laser concept for use on another planet. They liked the idea. So we recruited a team of scientists and engineers to come up with the ChemCam instrument. Coordinating the work of the various team members is a large...


Hello! I’m Nina Lanza and I am a geology graduate student at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM, USA. When I am not doing research I enjoy singing early music and mountaineering. When I was 10 years old, I wanted to be an astronomer because those were the people who studied space. My undergraduate degree is in astronomy and I think that was a great way to prepare myself for my Mars work. It has allowed me to understand the larger context of the universe, as well as given...


Hi! My name is Horton Newsom and I am a geologist/geochemist at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM, USA. My interests outside of geology include astronomy; I have a 16-inch diameter telescope. I also like to ride my mountain bike on the trails near my house and go skiing in the mountains nearby. My main hobby however, is the martial arts, especially Taekwondo. I started training in graduate school, and I have been an instructor for over 30 years.

When I was a kid I...


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