Lebanese Pioneers @ NASA & Others - Pioneer # 1: Dr. Charles Elachi – JPL NASA

Charles Elachi is the director of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and is the man behind the Solar System exploration program. in particular the exploration of Mars; and thus also manages what goes on behind the curtain with the Mars rovers. He has been the man behind the recent success of the Mars rover program, which (the rover program) had many faults and failures, whether the NASA attempts of the Russian programs.

Official Name: Charles Elachi
Birth Date: April 18, 1947
Country of Origin: Lebanon
  1. B.S. in Physics from the University of Greboble, France in 1969
  2. Diplome in Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute, Grenoble in 1968
  3. M.S. & Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from Caltech in 1969 & 1971 respectively
  4. MBA from the Unviersity of Southern California in 1978
  5. M.S. in Geology  from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1983
Joined the Jet Propulsion Laboratory - JPL in 1970


  1. Professor of electrical engineering & planetary science at Caltech.
  2. Vice President of Caltech
  3. Director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory - JPL  (previously JPL's director for the Space and Earth science programs -- 1982-2000) 
Further Reading:
  1. Guiding the Path to Mars (22 October 06)  
  2. Planetary News: Cassini-Huygens (2004) A Conversation with Charles Elachi Director of JPL, and NASA Advanced Planning, Principal investigator Cassini Radar 
  3. Mission Impossible: Charles Elachi's Vision (08 August 2001) 
  4. Quotes by Charles Elachi

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