Curtis Cripe - first Mars landing
Curtis Cripe has accomplished tremendous works and research in the fields of behavioral medicine and neuroscience through his work at the NTL Group, Inc. in Scottsdale, Arizona. He continues to deliver outstanding achievements that benefit the entire community. What some people may not realize is that Dr. Cripe has a prior history in the field of aerospace engineering.
Curtis Cripe achieved his master's degree in engineering and a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering from California State Polytechnic University. One of the significant achievements of his first career was that he was one of the scientists that helped to orchestrate the first Mars landing when he was at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California.
Traveling to Mars was one of the longstanding target goals of the United States’ space program. After the achievements of a number of moon landings, there was a shift in the field of exploration. The manned space program would come to be focused on the reusable space vehicle known as the Space Shuttle, but for a number of years the space program set its site on Mars. The first of a number of craft were sent to Mars in 1975, and it was known as Viking 1. Viking 1 was a pioneer craft in the history of interplanetary travel and successfully landed on the surface of Mars on July 20, 1976.
From this mission, humanity received a plethora of scientific information, including our initial views of the surface and climate conditions of the red planet. Video images, radio signals and a spectrum of data was returned to earth for scientists to review and discuss. This was without a doubt an exciting time in history that has formed the space expeditions of today. It is rather significant that Dr. Cripe chose to move forward to his career in behavioral medicine and excel as he has throughout his life in a field that has much to explore and discover.