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Paul Mahaffy
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What is your role in the SAM project?
Principle Investigator

What about SAM do you find most interesting? Most challenging?
Working with some of the best engineers and scientists on the planet to make lab-like measurements on the surface of Mars and extend the great work of the Spirit and Opportunity rovers.

Have you worked on other missions or flight instruments? If so which ones?
Several of the mass spectrometer projects described on this webpage.

What kind/level of education do you have?
Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry

What are your favorite things to do outside of work?
Play drop in volleyball on Friday evenings at Volleyball House.

Kirsten Fristad
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center