Amanda Bessette is a Master's student at the Florida Institute of Technology. She interned at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the summer of 2014 with the Mars 2020 mission.

I was inspired by the Hubble Space Telescope. I was required to do a mini research project on the telescope. I was so inspired by NASA and space, that I knew that I wanted to make a positive impact.

When I learned about the Mars Exploration Rover mission, I was hooked. I had always had a passion for robots, and now my two inspirations were combined.

Now I am working on Mars 2020 and living my dream.

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