To many, the traditional images of scientists and engineers were of men, but at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, that stereotypical representation has never been the case.
“There are a fair number of women here,” said Joy Crisp, deputy project scientist for the Mars Science Laboratory.
Crisp, along with fellow Mars Science Laboratory scientists and engineers Jamie Waldo, lead mobility engineer; Julie Townsend, robotics engineer and robot driver; and Suparna Mukherjee, sampling engineer, has had a love of science for many years. All four said they were excited about being on the new JPL project, which will send a rover — recently named Curiosity — to Mars to gather samples of the planet’s surface.
Curiosity’s planned launch is in 2010. It is the largest JPL Mars rover mission and will include the most advanced suite of instruments for scientific study. The rolling laboratory will analyze samples by scooping soil and drilling rocks.