An Interview with Robert Reedy

Meet Dawn Participating Scientist Robert Reedy
The following interview is a written interview conducted by the Outreach team at Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL)
Dawn participating scientist Robert Reedy

What do you think is the most compelling aspect of the Dawn mission?

Explore an unknown planetary object!

How are you participating in Dawn science as it relates to the Dawn mission?

Provide nuclear data for GRaND, assist in getting quality elemental maps, and help interpret these data.

What are some of the challenges that accompany your job with the Dawn mission?

Detector systems that are not well characterized, esp. CdZnTe.

What do you enjoy most about your work with the Dawn mission?

The excitement at a planetary mission to a new object.

Describe your thoughts and feelings as the Dawn spacecraft is approaching at Vesta?

Time is flying, need to get ready! Be prepared to observe something totally unexpected.

What are the most critical aspects of your job in the next several months in preparation for Vesta arrival?

Understand expect signals and potential backgrounds.

What are your leisure time activities?

Trail running, hiking.

Do you have a yet-to-be-achieved life goal?


As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Nothing specific.

At what point did you determine that you would pursue a career in space science? Tell about the path that led you to this field.

It was a gradual move from nuclear to space science.

Who inspired you? Why?


What subjects were you interested in as a young student?

Math and science.

What was your favorite book as a child and why?

None. Read many books.

What advice would you give to aspiring engineers or scientists?

Avoid specific goals, get a good education, especially non-scientific subjects.

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