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Caleb Gritters: Out of this world

Caleb Gritters

Caleb Gritters, senior engineering student
George Fox University

Talk about a productive summer. Caleb Gritters, one of our mechanical engineering seniors, spent 10 weeks at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratories (www.jpl.nasa.gov) in Pasadena, Calif., where he worked with NASA scientists in the Mobility and Manipulations section doing long-range rock sampling from a Mars rover using a harpoon.

Gritters also designed a retractable satellite dish called a "Straight Rib Reflector" for the Advanced Deployable Structures section of NASA.

"It was the toughest, yet most rewarding work I've ever done," said Gritters, who presented his work at the 2007 Oregon Space Grant Student Symposium on Nov. 7 at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore. He plans to attend graduate school after graduation this spring to obtain a master's degree in mechanical engineering. Ultimately, he plans to return to NASA to work at its Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Gritters was one of four George Fox students to receive a 2007 Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium Scholarship (oregonspacegrant.orst.edu) in the amount of $1,000.

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