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Weekly Space Hangout: June 9, 2021 — Roving Mars with Perseverance and MASTCAM-Z with Darian Dixon

Weekly Space Hangout

This week we are very excited to welcome Darian Dixon, Curiosity (MSL) MMM operator and Percy's Mastcam-Z Data Management (ZDM) Lead at Malin Space Science Systems (

Darian earned his BS in Geology in 2015 before moving to Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA, where he earned his MS in Planetary Geology in 2018. While at WWU, Darian studied under Mastcam-Z Co-Investigator Dr. Melissa Rice and had the opportunity to attend Mars-2020 team meetings and contribute to the Mastcam-Z team.

When not immersed in the thrilling world of Mars exploration, Darian is an avid gardener, loving husband, dog owner, gamer, rabid basketball fan, and gym rat. He is also a STEM ambassador who does school speaking events during which he encourages young students of color from underprivileged backgrounds to pursue their own paths in STEM, just as he has.

You can learn more about Mastcam-Z by visiting the project's website:

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