|NASA Mission Planner|
Getting money for space exploration is never easy, but it's not the first thing Lori Garver took a swing at.
Learn how this teen tennis player grew up to find cool ways to learn lessons from Mars.
Considering a career in mission planning...
you were a teen what did you want to be?
My focus did not turn to space until I worked for the John Glenn Presidential Committee in Washington, DC in 1984.
first captured your imagination about space?
The inspiration of space for me is its potential for doing just that. Everyone I have ever spoken with who has traveled to space has remarked on the fragility of the planet and has returned with a new world view and with a new respect for our environment.
is a typical work day like for you?
In addition, I archive all NASA historical documents and work with researchers who study and publish works on the space program.
your favorite part of the job?
I also enjoy the feeling that my work contributes to a better future. Much of my work is associated with assuring valuable tax dollars are spent on programs that will lead to discoveries that help make the world a better place.
would you recommend to someone who is interested in your line of work?
The field is changing to keep up with new technology, so if you do not like change, this is not the field for you. A love of people is necessary. You may not get rich, but you will be able to feel good about your contribution to a better future.
qualities does someone need to do your job?
To effect major change requires working with many different individuals in various organizations at all levels. Your personal integrity is necessary to maintain credibility and a seat at the table.
advice would you give to youth today on setting and reaching their goals?
If you focus on getting a good solid education in a field you enjoy, you'll have the tools to reach goals that you might set in the future.
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