The group of engineers and scientists who helped put NASA’s six-wheeled rover Curiosity on Mars on Aug. 5 is answering all your questions about the mission on Reddit right now.
Here’s the list of participants (notice the nicknames):
Bobak Ferdowsi aka “Mohawk Guy” – Flight Director
Steve Collins aka “Hippy NASA Guy” – Cruise Attitude Control/System engineer
Aaron Stehura – EDL Systems Engineer
Jonny Grinblat aka “Pre-celebration Guy” – Avionics System Engineer
Brian Schratz – EDL telecommunications lead
Keri Bean – Mastcam uplink lead/environmental science theme group lead
Rob Zimmerman – Power/Pyro Systems Engineer
Steve Sell – Deputy Operations Lead for EDL
Scott McCloskey - Turret Rover Planner
Magdy Bareh – Fault Protection
@MarsCuriosity Twitter Team
They’ve also included a nice group shot. We assume Steve Collins aka “Hippy NASA Guy” is the dude kneeling:
UPDATE: Someone has pointed out that systems engineer Robert Zimmerman’s facial expression is reminiscent of U.S. gymnast Mckayla Maroney’s pissed-off face after taking silver at the Olympics. Just thought we should mention.
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