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SCHOLAR SPOTLIGHT: EMILY EELKEMA


Emily Eelkema, 1998–1999 Astronaut Scholar from the University of Minnesota, has recently been promoted to Mission Manager for the Mars Exploration Project. She will be one of three mission managers in charge of running the twin rovers. “The mission manager oversees the daily planning process,” says Eelkema. “They also monitor overall spacecraft health.” Eelkema has been at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for 5 years. She joined the MER project just before they landed on Mars last year.






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