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Kees Veenenbos

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¨  What is it like in Zwolle?  Where exactly is Zwolle in the Netherlands?
¨  Were you ever athletic at any sport?
¨  When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
¨  When you were our age, did being part of Mars projects seem like a great job?
¨  What is your favorite planet?  Why?
¨  Do you have any pets?
¨  When did you move to the U.S.?
¨  What is your favorite color?  Why?
¨  Where did you read the Pale Blue Dot?  Is it your favorite book?
¨  What was/is your favorite shuttle?
¨  Did you go to college?  If so, where and how long?
¨  What elementary school did you go to, and where?
¨  Have you seen our Mars Project?

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QUESTION:
What is it like in Zwolle?  Where exactly is Zwolle in the Netherlands?  And even where is the Netherlands?

ANSWER from Kees Veenenbos on 11 January 2004:
Zwolle is an old town with about 125.000 habitants.  The town lies 40 km north of the town Apeldoorn where I live now.  Nearby is the large river IJssel.

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QUESTION:
Were you ever athletic at any sport?

ANSWER from Kees Veenenbos on 11 January 2004:
I still like to run and to bike in the nearby woods and the wide landscapes of Apeldoorn.  At the east is the National Park De Hoge Veluwe were people can enjoy nature.  I run in the weekend and often use the bike to make long trips of about 70 km.  I use also my bike to go to my work.  It keeps me fit and may be healthier.:)  Afterwards I feel relaxed and stronger.

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QUESTION:
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

ANSWER from Kees Veenenbos on 11 January 2004:
When I was young I enjoyed reading about dinosaurs, fossils, ancient Egypt, astronomy and other sciences.  I was not focused at one field of science.  So at the time I wanted to work in archeology or astronomy.  I still read a lot about all these sciences.  Exploring is often fun and interesting.  I am as excited as can be now the Spirit rover has landed safely and explorations of this ancient lake will start in about a week from now!

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QUESTION:
When you were our age, did being part of Mars projects seem like a great job?

ANSWER from Kees Veenenbos on 11 January 2004:
Mars was not yet much of an issue in the days when I was young.  The most exciting things were the first launches into orbit of the Russians and Americans in the sixties, like the Gemini projects. Later on the Apollo missions to the moon.  But since the Mariner and Viking missions Mars got my interest.

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QUESTION:
What is your favorite planet?  Why?

ANSWER from Kees Veenenbos on 11 January 2004:
Mars is for me the most interesting planet at the moment.  It is the planet that resembles most at the earth.  I was as excited as the scientists when the first large color photo that the Spirit took was put on the Internet.  I just made a combined terrain map of the MOLA data and two THEMIS photo's of the landings site.  I can continue to make nice images with the MOLA data for the next few years.

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QUESTION:
Do you have any pets?

ANSWER from Kees Veenenbos on 11 January 2004:
As I live alone at the moment I don't have pets.  I had a dog a few years ago.  I liked that very much.  She got 12 years old before she died.  She was a Beaceron, a french shepherd dog with black and red 'socks'.

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QUESTION:
When did you move to the U.S.?

ANSWER from Kees Veenenbos on 11 January 2004:
I live in The Netherlands and I don't need to move to the US to be able to contribute to the visualizations of Mars.  That's the power of Internet.  I can communicate with everybody who has a computer.  And I get e-mails every day from people who are interested in my work.

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QUESTION:
What is your favorite color?  Why?

ANSWER from Kees Veenenbos on 11 January 2004:
I like red colors but also cool colors like deep blue as they have a nice contrast.  The colors of Mars are reddish and sometimes also yellow and brown.  For the contrast I use for the ancient visualizations often the thicker atmosphere that might have been bluish like the earth atmosphere.

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QUESTION:
Where did you read the Pale Blue Dot  Is it your favorite book?  If not, what is?

ANSWER from Kees Veenenbos on 11 January 2004:
I read Pale Blue Dot about a year ago.  I am interested in all kind of books, but like a lot to read about old and new findings about Mars for example.  I bought a lot of old NASA books, like mission reports about the Mariner and Viking missions.  At that time they knew already a lot about our neighbour planet!!  Things they didn't expect are that there is so much ice in the crust of Mars.  And it will be certain that the scientists will encounter a lot surprises in the next few months when the rover missions are on their way.

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QUESTION:
What was/is your favorite shuttle?

ANSWER from Kees Veenenbos on 11 January 2004:
It was the Challenger.  The name gives the spirit to go into space.  It was a disaster when the Challenger exploded in 1986.  Going into space will always be a risky adventure.  It will never be routine.  But all who went into space would like to go again.  Like John Glenn also enjoyed his ride so many years after he went into space.

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QUESTION:
Did you go to college?  If so, where and how long?

ANSWER from Kees Veenenbos on 11 January 2004:
I went to college in Zwolle and was there for about 6 years.

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QUESTION:
What elementary school did you go to, and where?

ANSWER from Kees Veenenbos on 11 January 2004:
I also went to elementary school in Zwolle.  And there I learned also during 6 years.

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QUESTION:
Have you seen our
Mars Project?

ANSWER from Kees Veenenbos on 11 January 2004:
I see your Mars project.  I have a son who plays a lot with K'nex, but this is something very interesting making a model of a rover robot!  And you have to work together to get the rover assembled.  I think it is fun and you'll all learn from this experience.  Solving problems and enjoying the results once the rover moves in the right direction. These are experiences that you'll remember for a long time.  It will be helpful once you'll have to make a choice what to choose as a profession.

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