The seventh Masters with Masters brought jointly two longtime veterans of Mars missions to share their perspectives and tales in a special celebration held at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Means Visit the NASA Academy site: one.usa.gov Dr. Rudolf (Rudi) Schmidt, at present head of ESA’s Telecommunications Satellite Packages Office, was previously challenge manager for many tasks in ESA’s Directorate of Science and Robotics Exploration, like Mars Convey, Venus Express, and Gaia. Rob Manning is the Mars Exploration Plan chief engineer at JPL as well as the chief engineer for the Mars Science Laboratory mission. He beforehand led the spacecraft techniques engineering workforce for the 2004 Mars Exploration Rover undertaking and served as the chief engineer for the 1997 Mars Pathfinder. Each emphasised the require to remain open up-minded in the encounter of the tremendous technical problems posed by Mars missions. They also agreed about the need to have for a equilibrium between engineering skepticism and a optimistic mindset.