I had the great pleasure of meeting Scott - along with Sharon and Andy (see Doug's post where they all went to see and, amazingly, SIT ON "Thrust 2"! ) - last week, and am happy to confirm that (as well as being a fellow space uber-geek!!) he is indeed one of the most enthusiastic and dedicated space exploration advocates I've ever met, and talking with him I really got the sense that here is someone who, if given the opportunities and the resources, could inspire and enthuse a whole new generation of space enthusiasts.
He's hugely supportive of what we do here on UMSF (as are both Sharon and Andy, of course and, I'm pretty sure, many people involved in the MER mission) and is very keen to get people like us more involved in the exploration of Mars. And if anyone can do it, he can.
I'm not going to give a word by word report of our meeting, but I will say it was an absolute treat for me, not just to meet people involved in the MER mission - unashamed hero and heroine worship on my part! It was all I could do not to drop to my knees and chant "We're not worthy! We're not worthy!" Wayne-style right there in the pub! - but just to meet such lovely, generous and enthusiastic people who share my own passion for space exploration. (They also said some very nice things about my writing, for which I was truly grateful).
I know it's a geeky thing to say, but seriously, to be sitting in a pub in my town, next to some of the people who actually Drive Rovers On Mars, has to be one of the most amazing things I've ever done... Thanks guys! Click to view attachment