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Meet the MAVENites

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission has been orbiting Mars since 2014, but it isn’t doing all its work alone. Behind the mission are the hard working people that help the spacecraft perform critical maneuvers, plan science observations, and ultimately help us understand more about the Red Planet. Get to know some of these Martians in our new Meet the MAVENites features.


Meet Dale Theiling:
Dale is the Science Operations for the MAVEN mission to Mars. He oversees the development and execution of science observations across all of the spacecraft’s instruments. Joining the MAVEN team in 2011, Dale also works closely with the IUVS instrument to develop and build observations.
Learn more about this MAVEN Martian: 
https://mars.nasa.gov/people/profile/?id=23409 

Meet Sky Shaver:
Sky is a PhD student at the University of Colorado Boulder, conducting research using MAVEN data. She is currently investigating the Martian ionosphere and magnetosphere, using data from the Langmuir Probe and Waves and Magnetometer instruments. This can help with our understanding of the role plasma structures play in the loss of the Martian atmosphere.
Learn more about this Martian: https://mars.nasa.gov/people/profile/?id=23430

Meet Mehdi Benna:
Mehdi is a planetary scientist and the instrument lead for the Neutral Gas and Ion Mass Spectrometer (NGIMS) aboard MAVEN. His research focuses on aeronomy, plasma physics, and planetary magnetosphere dynamics. When he isn’t studying the Red Planet, Mehdi likes to fly airplanes for fun.
Learn more about this Martian: https://mars.nasa.gov/people/profile/?id=23411