**Space night 2 was a panel Ernest Cisneros, ****Kristen Paris,
****Corrine Rojas, and ****Nathan Cluff**
Space panel featuring members of the MASTCAM-Z team discussing the roles
of Free Software and open standards in their projects and the open
science they're investigating as part of their missions.
Based at Arizona State University (ASU), the panel members have worked
on projects such as the MASTCAM-Z and MASTCAM projects for Mars rovers,
Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and the Psyche Mission.
Ernest received a Bachelor's of Science in Geology, from the University
of Texas at El Paso (1989). After a stint in graduate school at Northern
Arizona University, studying the metamorphic history of the Old Woman
Mountains, he began a 27 year career combining his love of geology and
computers. Ernest has worked at the USGS in Flagstaff, Duke University,
Northwestern University and most recently at Arizona State University.
Ernest has supported science and data processing for Clementine, MSI on
NEAR, CRISM on MRO, MDIS on MESSENGER, Pancam on MER. His most recent
work was developing the Science Operations Center for the Lunar
Reconnaissance Orbiter, supporting multispectral data processing of
MASTCAM images from MSL, developing the ground data system for MASTCAM-Z
instrument on the Mars 2020 rover, and developing the Science Data
Center for the Psyche Mission. During his career, Ernest has seen Linux
grow from "just something we are playing with for SysAdmin stuff" into a
mainstay in server rooms, desktops and at home, tackling a wide-variety
of roles. He has used a variety of Linux flavors: Slackware (installed
from floppies), Redhat, Debian, CentOS, SuSE, and Ubuntu (most
recently), installed on everything from SBC (Raspberry Pi and
Tinkerboards), Intel/AMD PC's, PowerPC, RISC and a variety of other
Kristen is the Down-link Operations Lead for the Mastcam-Z camera for
the Mars2020 rover mission and previously worked with the Lunar
Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera also at ASU. Kristen has been using
Linux-based systems for NASA Instrument Operations for over 10 years.
Usually she uses her Linux-y powers for good, but sometimes her powers
have other (unintended) consequences. Kristen automated myself out of a
job and enjoyed it! She has also brought a 200+node computing cluster to
a screeching halt (know if 3rd-party software is secretly trying to be
"helpful" and know how to disable these "helpful" features). Kristen
loves Space, enjoys computers (when they do what she intends for them to
do), and considers herself a Danger Linux Power User.
Corrine is a NASA Mars 2020 Rover Mastcam-Z Instrument Operations
Engineer based at Arizona State University (ASU). She is a science team
collaborator for the Mars Science Laboratory, formerly at the Lunar
Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera. Her specialty is spacecraft operations
(orbiters and rovers), research in planetary geology, and creating all
kinds of maps, particularly 3D terrain maps that are out of this world.
She has a BSc in Geography and Geographic Information Science from ASU.
She was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ to loving immigrant parents from
Durango, Mexico. In college, she was a Shirley G. Schmitz Foundation
Scholar for entrepreneurs; participated in an ASU-funded start-up
DemocraSeed in which she mentored high school-aged kids in a rural AZ
town about creative problem solving issues in their community using
design thinking; and interned at Jet Propulsion Laboratory for the
Curiosity rover mission operations team. She is currently on the board
of the Society of Women in Space Exploration, and on the leadership
council of Latinas in Earth and Planetary Sciences (Geolatinas). She
does not consider herself a technical computer science person, though
she is slowly coming to terms that her job is 80% bash scripting to
manipulate a ton of data, and you kinda have to have a good idea of what
you’re doing in order to spare your perfectly obedient hardware from
being smashed by a 2x4.
Nathan is the Lead Systems Administrator for the Mastcam and Mastcam-Z
cameras on the Mars Science Laboratory and Mars 2020 rovers in addition
to supporting operations for various other missions such as the Luna
Polar Hydrogen Mapper (LunaH-map) mission. Nathan has been involved in
various Linux administrative positions for the last 18 years and has
been in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at ASU for the last 4