• Question: What do u like the most about your job?

    Asked by Jaxie Charles West-Allen on 9 Jan 2020. This question was also asked by victoria, Samstar23nan, DrBryanWillsmith, quiz130pen, Munchkin🍄❄️, OlaLikesToAskQuestions.
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      Abbie Hutty answered on 9 Jan 2020:

      I like being creative and coming up with ideas of how to solve problems in the most efficient and elegant way. I also like talking to people, and the feeling that we are part of this huge team all working together to do something amazing!

      I also like seeing my designs being made into real-life parts and being assembled onto the rover – and knowing those things that were once just an idea in my head are now real and going to another planet!

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      Craig Leff answered on 9 Jan 2020: last edited 9 Jan 2020 12:44 pm

      There are probably two things I like the most about my job. The first is simple: I get to help operate a robot on another planet, and Mars is especially interesting to me. The second is the wide range of tasks I get to do to make that happen, such as planning the design of PanCam, working with many types of engineers to get the camera built, tested and calibrated. I also get to talk with another group of people throughout the UK and in ESA countries about how PanCam will be used on Mars and how the PanCam can help the rover drive across the surface and do science. It involves many of the people who are participating in the ExoMars Rover Zone, plus many others.

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      Divya M. Persaud answered on 9 Jan 2020:

      I love getting to meet people! Even as a scientist I sometimes forget about the really cool and diverse ways people get into space science. Because of conferences, collaborations, and all the teams that are involved on space missions, I have met space scientists and engineers who were or are artists, anthropologists, psychologists, janitors, and train drivers. All of these different experiences give people unique perspectives on how to tackle problems, whether it’s about how to make a team work better together, or thinking about how to best communicate science. There is always so much to learn from each other!

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      Yuri Yushtein answered on 9 Jan 2020:

      Developing an autonomous control Software is like creating your own mini-world that comes to life and makes the system to achieve the goals set, “on its own”. And doing it in space, or on another planet …

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      Andrew Ball answered on 15 Jan 2020:

      I like working in an international environment on pushing the boundaries of exploration. Putting something I have worked on on a big rocket and firing it into space to arrive at another world is really cool.

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      Stephen Durrant answered on 17 Jan 2020:

      Seeing the Rover and it’s Equipment in the Biological Cleanroom operating under test.