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John F. Mustard | CRISM Science Team member, Deputy PI


Where did you grow up?
Dundas, Ontario, Canada

How did you get interested in space exploration?

The opportunity to explore other planets really got me interested in space exploration. I found the investment in high technology tools for remote sensing of surface composition fascinating. I also think the possibility that life may have evolved on another planet is one of the most outstanding questions in science, and space exploration is one way to address this question.

What's your educational background?
BSc from the University of British Columbia (1983), MSc (1986) and Ph.D. (1990) Brown University

What are your hobbies?
Windsurfing, kayaking, mountain biking, skiing

What's your job on CRISM?
Science team member, analyzing data to determine surface mineralogy and composition, development of the spectral library, CRISM Analysis Tool, surface-atmosphere separation.

What excites you about exploring Mars?

The opportunity to analyze data, never before acquired, of the planet to test hypothesis and ideas for the formation and evolution of Mars. To search for evidence of habitability on Mars.

What advice would you give to someone like you who wants to get involved in space exploration?
Ask questions, take an internship, talk to people in the field, take courses in related fields.

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