Steven Squyres

(Steven Weldon Squyres)

Steven Squyres
Steven Squyres
  • Born: January 9, 1956
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Astronomer

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Steven Weldon Squyres is the James A. Weeks Professor of Physical Sciences at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. His research area is in planetary sciences, with a focus on large solid bodies in the Solar System such as the terrestrial planets and the moons of the Jovian planets. Squyres is principal investigator of the Mars Exploration Rover Mission (MER). He is the recipient of the 2004 Carl Sagan Memorial Award and the 2009 Carl Sagan Medal for Excellence in Communication in Planetary Science. On October 28, 2010, Squyres received the 2010 Mines Medal for his achievements as a researcher and professor. He is the brother of Academy Award-nominated film editor Tim Squyres.

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Having been given that public trust, we have a responsibility to share with the public. Trust
I can't ever remember not wanting to be a scientist.
I want to make as many people as possible feel like they are part of this adventure. We are going to give everybody a sense of what exploring the surface of another world is really like.
It's not going to fill in the potholes. It's not going to put a roof over people's heads. What it does is it helps to address really fundamental questions of who we are, where we came from, by which I mean we can learn how life came about. Life
That's really what science is just trying to figure stuff out, and I like figuring stuff out. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
The rocks, to a great extent, look swept clean. It's a much cleaner surface than what we had a right to hope for. Hope
The thing that sets Mars apart is that it is the one planet that is enough like Earth that you can imagine life possibly once having taken hold there. Life
These rovers are living on borrowed time. We're so past warranty on them. You try to push them hard every day because we're living day to day. Time
This whole mission has surpassed all of our expectations.
We didn't know if the rover could climb up or down the hills of the crater.
We need to drive like hell and get to the hills before the winter sets in.
We're stunned by the diversity of rocks. This stuff looks like it was put into a blender.
When we opened our eyes, we saw bedrock exposed in the walls of the crater.
You create a pile of dirt and then drive over it. We may have to learn to drive all over again.