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ADA Robert Manning, Mars Exploration Program chief engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., will be the guest speaker at Ohio Northern University’s undergraduate commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. May 12.

Since 2004, Manning has been responsible for ensuring the success of missions to Mars. In early 2008, he was named the chief engineer for the Mars Science Laboratory mission that successfully landed the rover Curiosity on the Martian surface in August 2012.

Manning was the chief engineer for the 1997 Mars Pathfinder mission, for which he also led its entry, descent and landing team. Prior to Pathfinder, he developed computers and fault tolerant electronic systems for JPL’s deep space missions.

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