Dr. John Grotzinger: Exploring Mars

Dr. John Grotzinger: Exploring Mars


Chief scientist, John Grotzinger discusses the technological developments and ongoing discoveries on planet Mars.

Chief Scientist and Head of Strategic Planning for the Mars Rover Mission

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Dr. John Grotzinger is the chief scientist and head of strategic planning for the Mars Science Laboratory Rover mission, which riveted the country with its dare-devil landing in August 2012. A geologist, he hopes to gain more understanding of Earth’s evolution through the study of Mars. Grotzinger was also a part of the team that made the discovery of evidence for liquid water on ancient Mars. He discusses strategic planning, motivating teams, and the need to take on a “grand challenge” while sharing amazingly unique and cutting-edge stories, video, and photos about space.