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Mars Rovers with Keri Bean (#14)

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Keri Bean is a systems engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. She is the deputy lead Rover Planner (aka Mars rover driver) on the Curiosity Mars rover and is a Helicopter Integration Engineer for the Mars 2020 mission. She got her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Texas A&M University in meteorology, with her focus on studying the weather on Mars. Her hobbies mostly center around Star Wars, as she is an active member of the R2-D2 Builder’s Club with her very own Astromech and cosplays with the Rebel Legion. In our conversation, we talk about Mars Rovers, Star Wars, and cake decorating. Show Notes (link) [00:37] Keri's pursuit of meteorology. [01:50] Astronomy as a potential path. [02:12] Possible career paths in space. [02:44] Her introduction to Space Weather [03:35] Keri's first experiences with the rover missions. [03:54] Spirit and Opportunity Rovers. [04:51] Phoenix Mars Lander. [05:54] Applying her meteorology studies to her rover mission experiences. [06:33] Curiosity Rover. [06:50] Keri's path to JPL. [08:58] Dawn Mission. [09:55] Filling the gaps in knowledge between her meteorology background and her work. [10:36] Test beds. [11:44] Building her own R2-D2. [14:28] On becoming a Rover Planner. [16:03] The process for certifying to be a Rover Planner. [18:42] Certifying for individual Rovers. [19:10] Her role as a Helicopter Integration Engineer on the Perseverance Rover drone, Ingenuity. [20:11] Earth-side duplicate and testing of the drone. [21:39] A day in the life of Keri. [22:56] Working remotely. [26:22] Coming up next for Curiosity and Perseverance. [26:34] Curiosity: Wet Chemistry Experiment. [27:28] Perseverance: Landing Day. [27:59] Preparations for Landing Day. [29:03] Flight software transitions. [30:54] Handling the unexpected. [32:14] Bonus Question 1: What hobby or interest do you have that is most unrelated to your field of work? [34:07] Keri's cosplay. [36:46] Porgs and PORGs. [40:27] Bonus Question 2: Which childhood book holds the strongest memories for you? [42:04] Bonus Question 3: What advice you would give someone who wants to do what you do? Or what advice should they ignore? [43:03] Exploring other topics if they are of interest. [43:21] Gaining astronomy experience with the HUBBLE [45:38] Reaching out to Keri. Connect with STEAM Powered: Website Facebook Instagram Twitter Patreon Ko-Fi

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13 Nov 2020

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NASA EDGE@ Home: Interview with Keri Bean

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Not many people can accurately claim to have driving experience on multiple planets, but Keri Bean can!

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30 Sep 2020

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NASA EDGE@ Home with Keri Bean

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Not many people can accurately claim to have driving experience on multiple planets, but Keri Bean can!

30 Sep 2020

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Not many people can accurately claim to have driving experience on multiple planets, but Keri Bean can!

30 Sep 2020

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Episode 207: DOWNLINK--Keri Bean

The Orbital Mechanics Podcast

This week in SF history— 23 April 1957: Vandenberg established (wikipedia.org) (astronautix.com)Spaceflight news— Dragon 2 Capsule Explodes during testing (twitter.com/EmreKelly) (nasaspaceflight.com) — Scott Manley’s speculations (slightly outdated) (youtube.com) — A BFRC isn’t great. (theorbitalmechanics.com) — Seen on radar (twitter.com/GISRockstar) — Explosion video (twitter.com/Astronut099) — Unconfirmed reports indicated that the capsule was destroyed. (floridatoday.com/)Short & Sweet— SpaceX loses a booster to rough seas (spaceflightnow.com)— An update on Beresheet (spaceflightnow.com)— Intelsat-29e is declared a total loss (spacenews.com)Interview -- Keri Bean, Systems Engineer— twitter.com/planetarykeri— keribean.com

1hr 6mins

23 Apr 2019