Donnashirley

1990 WZ2. Discovered 1990 Nov. 18 by E. F. Helin at Palomar.

Named in honor of Donna Shirley, manager of the highly successful Mars Exploration program at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She managed the robotics development program that produced Sojourner, the automated rover that explored the surface of Mars in mid-1997. She was also project engineer for the Cassini mission, the spacecraft now on its way to explore Saturn, as well as the project engineer for Mariner 10, which flew by Mercury in the 1970s. In her thirty years at JPL she has had many other successful assignments in space exploration and in the development of non-space systems using space technology. She has balanced a demanding career with parenthood, writing, acting and music. (M 31024)

0 0

Post a comment