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Dr. James Garvin is the NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Sciences and Exploration Directorate Chief Scientist. He provides strategic advice on the scientific priorities and directions to the Center's senior management. As a veteran Earth and planetary scientist within NASA in a career that has spanned more than 20 years, Dr. Garvin brings his experience with interdisciplinary science and instrumentation in helping to direct the scientific trajectory of the Center. portrait of Dr. James Garvin Prior to coming to Goddard, Garvin served as the NASA Chief Scientist, advising three separate Administrators on issues ranging from science strategies associated with the Vision for Space Exploration to those involved in rebalancing the NASA science portfolio. In addition, Dr. Garvin served as the chief scientist for Mars exploration from 2000 until 2004 and spearheaded the development of the scientific strategy that led NASA to select such missions as the Mars Exploration Rovers, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, the Phoenix polar lander, and the Mars Science Laboratory. He received two NASA Outstanding Leadership Medals for his work with the science behind the Mars Exploration Program.
The Quest for Mars: Scientific and Human Destiny?
as author at MIT World Series: 14th Annual Space Grant Public Lecture,