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The Mission Manager
Human-Rover Partnership
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The mission manager for either a field test or the actual mission has an important job--to make sure that the mission is a success. One of the duties of a mission manager is to make sure everyone is on "the same page"-that everyone understands what is happening and everyone's voice is heard during the meetings. Also, he or she has to be up-to-date on the rover's health and the status of the past, current, and future rover activities. During the meetings, the mission manager takes careful notes and types a summary report about what the team wanted the rover to do for each sol, which can then be compared to what the rover actually did. It may seem like an easy job, but it is not. It requires thorough understanding of the information, good communication skills, and the ability to handle any situation to keep the mission running smoothly.


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Last Updated: 18 August 2002

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