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10 Things for the Week of June 23 - 29
Columnist: Autumn Burdick
10 Things for the Week of June 23 - 29
21 June 2013
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"Each robot is, in fact, the culmination of the combined hopes and dreams of each of the people who worked on it."- NASA JPL Engineer Chris Voorhees

This week: Meet 10 people behind the robots exploring our solar system.

1. MERCURY

"Find joy in what you do, whether it's in mastering new things, solving complicated problems, exploring the Universe, or anything else." - Rachel Klima

2. VENUS

"Watching the Apollo 11 landing in the 4th grade completely blew my mind. Shortly after that, I became an obsessively avid reader of science fiction throughout my childhood. And, when I was an impressionable kid, I had the good fortune to meet some real planetary scientists." -David Grinspoon

3. EARTH

"Eat. Breathe. Do Science. Sleep later." -Derrick Pitts

4. EARTH'S MOON

"It is my job to preserve, protect and distribute the lunar rocks that were brought back from the Moon by the Apollo missions." -Angela Green

5. MARS

"Whether anybody ever knows my name or not, they'll see my tracks -- I guess I made my mark on Mars!" -Ashley Stroupe

6. ASTEROIDS AND DWARF PLANETS

"Embrace your inner nerd and seek out others who speak your language and love the things you love."-Amy Lovell

7. JUPITER

"I guess Yuri Gagarin inspired me first, followed by other astronauts and cosmonauts. Then during the Apollo 13 crisis, I read about a woman who worked for NASA, Frances Northcutt. She is not well known, but she showed me that women could work for NASA in science and engineering and help the space program." -Rosaly Lopes

8. SATURN

"The most exciting moments are the aha moments when a scientific problem that you've been wrestling with suddenly falls into place and begins to make sense." -Robert Pappalardo

9. URANUS AND NEPTUNE

"Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere." -Carl Sagan

10. COMETS

"Johannes Kepler struggled his whole life to make orbits circular, until he grasped a fundamental truth, that orbits are elliptical in nature. To be that dedicated to searching out a fundamental truth continues to inspire me." -Claudia Alexander

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Autumn is the science writer who enjoys bringing this weekly look at upcoming events and stories from around our solar system to you. Follow SSE on Twitter: @NASASolarSystem
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