Faces of Science: Roger Wiens
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Wiens’ passion for space has no limits
At nine years old, Roger Wiens built a telescope to sketch the features of Mars.
Forty years later he returned to the Red Planet, this time as part of a team that invented ChemCam, a device aboard the rover Curiosity.
Using a laser that packs the energy of a million light bulbs into a spot the size of a pinhead, ChemCam blasts pieces of Martian rock in search of elements like carbon and oxygen—some of the basic building blocks of life.
Roger Wiens works for ISR-2's Space & Remote Sensing group.