Courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech
December 20, 2013
Bekah Sosland was an eighth-grade student in Fredericksburg, Texas, when NASA's Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity landed on Mars in January 2004. The landings helped inspire her to pursue a career in space exploration. She is now an engineer on the team operating the long-lived Opportunity. This photo of her was taken in Opportunity's mission support area at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. A full-size model of the rover stands behind her.