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|MER Project: Stealing Success from the Jaws of Failure|
|Keywords: Mars Exploration Rover, Systems , Extreme Cold|
|Was the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) Project a success? Certainly with respect to its mission objectives, the MER results were particularly stunning. But from a systems engineering perspective, viewing the development process was like watching sausage being made. Many core team members thought that MER would never make it to launch and landing. Yet, due to incredible hard work and flexibility, and a good deal of luck, the team muscled the two MER spacecraft to the launch pad. Join Rob Manning as he discusses some of the hard systems engineering lessons learned in developing MER.|
|Mr. Robert M. Manning , Mars Exploration Directorate Chief Engineer
NASA / Jet Propulsion Laboratory