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Jan. 20, 2011

Dream Job: Mars Rover Model Tester

by Leslie Taylor

Video by JPLnews

Savannah McCoy is the DTM (Dynamic Test Model) Rover Verification and Validation Lead. It's her job to conduct system level tests to make sure the rover will meet all the requirements for its time on Mars. In this video, she explains the difference between the flight rover and the model rover, and narrates a test of the first-of-its-kind landing system on NASA's next Mars rover, Curiosity.

About Leslie Taylor

Leslie is Science Friday’s Web editor. She has a background in oceanography and is passionate about getting non-scientists and young people to realize how cool science can be.

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