Today I was notified that I have been selected to join the
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) mission's High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) as a participating scientist.
This is awesome for a number of reasons:
- This was the very first proposal that I wrote as a principal investigator (PI) to a NASA funding opportunity.
- It pays a portion of my salary for the next couple of years.
- I get to help select targets and plan observations.
- I get to be among the first people to see sub-meter resolution
images of the Martian surface.
- I get to be involved in a bunch of great new scientific discoveries.
Of course this means I also get a ton of e-mail, and have a lot of work ahead of me, but it will be worth it.