Scholastic News: Why did you choose a career that involves space?
Diana Trujillo: There’s so much to learn and discover. For me, space is all about exploration. And I get to be part of a team that rolls their sleeves up and says, “OK, let’s figure this out.”
SN: What’s your role on the Perseverance team?
DT: I helped put together the vehicle, particularly the robotic arm. It digs into the surface of Mars and takes samples that we can analyze to help us better understand the planet.
SN: What do you hope to discover about Mars?
DT: Perseverance is the fifth rover to explore Mars. During the last mission, we discovered that Mars once had water on it and had the right mix of chemicals in its atmosphere to support life. But was there ever life on Mars? With Perseverance, I hope we get to actually answer that question. I think we’re close.