Mark Clampin

Director, Sciences & Exploration Directorate

I was inspired by the Apollo 11 landing on the moon, but I knew I wanted to work for NASA watching NASA teamwork at its best as the Apollo 13 recovery unfolded.  Around the same time, a new tv show Star Trek inspired a generation for the first time to seriously consider the possibility of life in the Universe, and for me a career in astrophysics.  Further inspiration came from Jacques Cousteau’s exploration of the world’s oceans. I have been privileged to develop instruments that search for evidence of planets around other stars, worked on four Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Missions, and helped develop its successor the James Webb Space Telescope.  I will talk about these experiences and what I have learnt along the way.
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