We Are Scientists and Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Ask Us Anything. -AMA
With the Space Shuttle Program winding down, a lot of people are wondering what is next for NASA and North American space exploration. Naturally there is plenty of speculation, but I figured it would be nice to hear the story from the Men and Women currently working at the agency.
All staff at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory are welcome (and invited) to participate in questions they are qualified to answer. JPL has a pretty decent sized presence on Reddit, so I am sure there will be many contributors with a wide range of experience to share.
Even if the local group isn't up for answering questions, us folks at Educated Earth have found at least a couple of engineers who would be happy to answer your questions.
The credentials and proof for EducatedEarth's contacts are coming shortly, they are just starting their day at the office and need to get settled in. There will be a comment below for any additional contributors to prove themselves.
Edit: Great to see so many professionals, NASA and otherwise, joining in on the comments to fill in for the lull in responses from my friends.
It is great to see so much interest in the sciences and astronomy on Reddit, I never expected this to make front page. I have contacts at a couple of other agencies, I will see what I can do about making future group posts like this. After the delay in getting confirmation this time, I now know to get the proof from them beforehand for the next one :)
Edit 2: A lot of people have been asking about employment at either NASA or JPL. I highly recommend you check out this post.
Edit 3: For the record, this is not an official posting by the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and does not reflect the direct views of the agency or its partners - just the views of some ol-timers who have had the pleasure and fortune to be a part of the agency at one point or another in their lives. We in no way intended to cast the opinion we are any administrative or marketing body at NASA, and were not even aware (until this morning) that such a thought had been raised.