My job was to help Kirk
up the Pathfinder
website by adding some artwork and
organizing it better. For the first time in history the world
was able to see pictures returning from the surface of Mars via
the Internet. And the Mars Pathfinder Web Engineer was
Around that time the mission had
just ended officially and scientists like Matt
Golombek, the Pathfinder project scientist,
were preparing to publish their findings. Pathfinder's landing
site in Ares Valles was quite intriguing and Matt deserves the
credit for choosing it. He wanted lots of rocks for the rover
to investigate. But no one really expected such dramatic scenery.
Soon after they saw the first pictures Matt was quoted as saying
, "We deliver!" as as the whole team was probably applauding.
Well, I wasn't there so I don't know how it actually happened.
Matt's office was practically next
to my cubicle, which was amazing since I had previously seen
quite a bit of him on TV and now I was working there alongside
him. Little did I know that it was only the beginning and that
I had better get used to being around so many of the world's
most accomplished planetary scientists and space mission engineers.
It was a very abrupt change from the life I had been leading!