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Dr. John A. Grant III

Mars Exploration Rover Scientist

Smithsonian Institution

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Smithsonian Institution

100 Jefferson Drive SW

Washington Dc, District of Columbia 20560

United States

Company Description

Since its founding in 1846, the Smithsonian Institution has been committed to inspiring generations through knowledge and discovery. The Smithsonian is the world's largest museum and research complex, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Z ... more

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Background Information


Board Member
National Space Grant Foundation

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Co-Chair of Mars Landing Site Steering Committee

Co-Chair of the Landing Site Steering Committee


State University of New York College at Plattsburgh

bachelor's degree

State University of New York College at Plattsburgh



Brown University

honorary degree of doctor of science



University of Rhode Island

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While this might seem a bit ... [cached]

While this might seem a bit far fetched for the average Joe, it is nothing but the truth for SUNY Plattsburgh's geology alum Dr. John Grant. He is one of only six people responsible for planning the daily activities of Spirit and Opportunity - two Mars rover vehicles which observe and collect data that is regularly sent back to Earth.

Dr. Grant's interest in Mars began innocently enough with his favorite childhood book, The Martian Chronicles. From there, he parlayed his interest into a career with NASA Headquarters as a Program Scientist for the Mars Global Surveyor.
Nowadays, Dr. Grant spends his time as a Geologist for the Smithsonian Institute's Center for Earth and Planetary Studies at the National Air and Space Museum. His latest project - curating a new exhibit of Mars rover photos in hopes of inspiring a new generation of scientists to be the first people to stand on the planet!
CBS recently dropped in on Dr. Grant to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the two Mars rovers and to look at some of the images that Dr. Grant excitedly says, "...No one has ever seen before - no human being.

The eight sites will be studied ... [cached]

The eight sites will be studied until the next selection workshop in January 2017, when the number of candidates will be winnowed to four, says John Grant, a planetary scientist at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and co-chair of the site selection process.

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John Grant is a planetary geologist with the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, and also participated in NASA's rover mission program. He feels manned missions to Mars are necessary. He likens Mars to our planet's continents, pointing out that it was necessary that we explore in order to learn, and that experience is best acquired by people, and not machines alone. With the exploration of Mars, Grant says even with the knowledge we have gained, we still have a lot to learn, and there is still a lot of the red planet to explore. He compared what little we have seen so far to visiting a few national parks on Earth. In the past 10 years, Opportunity has only traveled about 23 miles across the martian surface, and it's been a very slow process. Grant says, " Rovers don't do and think like we do," and this makes the whole process longer because, "we have to tell them what to do."

"The 'new rover smell' wore off ... [cached]

"The 'new rover smell' wore off after about 90 sols and they kept going and going and going," said Dr. John Grant of the Smithsonian Institution.

John Grant, supervisory geologist at the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies, NASM, and science operations working group chair for the MER mission

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