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Scott Maxwell
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Attended University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Lives in Pasadena, CA
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Oh, nothing. Just taking pictures from space of our giant laser-wielding nuclear-powered Mars robot. As you do.
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I didn't have time to set up my camera to try to take pictures of the eclipse last night -- too busy scrambling around reconfiguring my new routers for my home network -- but they wouldn't have looked anywhere near this good anyway. So maybe it's just as well. :-)
 
Blood moon.
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Do you live in North America, South America, Australia, or eastern Asia? Then you get to see a lunar eclipse on the night of April 14/15! And while North America is the best place to watch—we’ll get to see the whole event—the real action doesn’t begin until 05:58 UTC on...
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Do not apply Betteridge's Law of Headlines here: in this case, the answer is yes.
 
Was Gusev Crater on Mars once actually Lake Gusev?

New evidence suggests water from nearby flooding once filled a 166-km-wide crater on Mars.

http://www.sen.com/Phil-Plait/the-waters-of-mars
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Cue "that's no moon" jokes. :-) But then get excited, because this is really cool.
For the first time ever, astronomers may have spotted a moon circling an alien planet — though they'll probably never know for sure exactly what they've foun...
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Flashback to when I was a boy

[Anthony's father] It's hard enough to find all the bodies orbiting our own sun, and the distances in space between stars are so vast - the planets so dim. I doubt any planets outside the solar system will be found in our lifetime.

A few decades and 1800 exoplanets later. . .

'Exomoon' 
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Hank Aaron (yes, that Hank Aaron) says Obama faces racism, which makes the racists crawl out of the woodwork. How utterly foul. (No baseball pun intended.)
The Atlanta Braves have been deluged with hate mail after baseball great Hank Aaron's recent comments about racism in America and President Obama's critics.
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+Matt McIrvin , yup.  It is very uncomfortable to seem to be on the same side as the nutters. 

Doesn't make the Obots' creed any less idiotic.

As per Julia's quote:

"... If the Democratic president orders the "extrajudicial" murder of American citizens, you must support him. If he chairs death squad meetings in the White House every week, checking off names of men to be murdered without charge or trial, you must support him. If he commits mass murder with robot drones on defenseless villages around the world, you must support him. If he imprisons and prosecutes whistleblowers and investigative journalists more than any other president in history, you must support him. If he cages and abuses and tortures a young soldier who sought only to stop atrocities and save the nation’s honor, you must support him. If he "surges" a pointless war of aggression and occupation in a ravaged land and expands that war into the territory of a supposed ally, you must support him. If he sends troops and special ops and drones and assassins into country after country, fomenting wars, bankrolling militias, and engineering coups, you must support him. If he throws open the nation's coastal waters to rampant drilling by the profiteers who are devouring and despoiling the earth, you must support him. If he declares his eagerness to do what no Republican president has ever dared to do -- slash Social Security and Medicare -- you must support him."
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Mark is in charge of a project to develop systems to land ever-larger payload on Mars. And he's clearly having too much fun doing it. :-)
 
Helicopters.  Rockets.  A train track.  A Mars lander parachute.  High speed cameras.  What more could you ask for?  (Mythbusters: eat your heart out.)
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Want. I want to see this movie. I want to see this movie now.
Particle Fever is a gripping insider account of the world's biggest scientific experiment. But it's also a drama about understanding the universe, director Mark Levinson tells Tim Lewis
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Live long and prosper as a custom 3D-printed Star Trek figurine of yourself, for only $70. I want mine to be screaming, "Khaaaaaaaan!"
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The evidence that Spirit found a lake at Gusev Crater continues to mount, thanks to unbelievably painstaking work by Steve Ruff and others. I'm insufferably proud of this because the main evidence comes from a rock known as Comanche Spur, and my drive to that rock was one of my favorites from the entire mission. It was crazy and shouldn't have worked, especially because we scrapped the whole thing and completely redid it in the middle of the planning day, but it went absolutely perfectly.

Ruff, like me, always believed in Spirit -- he and I were two of the few -- and I'm endlessly grateful to him for doing the hard work to cement her accomplishments. Spirit is lucky to have someone like him in her corner.

That's my girl, Spirit. Well done. Well done.
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Man, I really wish liquid water could still exist on the surface. This is primarily because we have the rovers there now, and I'll probably not live long enough to see anything comparable on another planet or moon.
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Occupation
Site Reliability Engineer
Employment
  • Google
    Site Reliability Engineer, 2013 - present
  • JPL
    Mars Rover Driver Team Lead, 2013
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Currently
Pasadena, CA
Previously
Rocky Mount, NC - Seminole, FL - Greenville, NC - Champaign, IL
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I'm a pretty big wheel down at the cracker factory.
Introduction
On a small red light in the night sky lives four hundred pounds of thinking metal sent from Earth.  Once upon a time, I told that metal what to do.

(Disclaimer: my opinions are mine, not my employer's.  Duh. :-)
Bragging rights
I fought cancer and won. I had a robot on another planet, and I drove it around and made it do stuff. I was a trending topic on Twitter. I wrote a book. I took a privacy case all the way to the Supreme Court. Now I keep Google up and running. But I'm just this guy, you know?
Education
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Computer Science
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