My name is Thierry Gharsa, I live in Toulouse, France and I am an electronics engineer for the ChemCam instrument. When I was young I wanted to work in the scientific disciplines of physics and chemistry. As a grown-up, I am in charge of the Electrical Ground Support Equipment (EGSE) inside the ChemCam Mast Unit. The EGSE is a set of tools consisting of a control electronics box with a computer interface and includes a high level graphical user interface used to communicate with ChemCam.
This is my first experience in working with instruments such as ChemCam. MSL is one the most outstanding rovers ever to land on, and explore, another planet. It is my hope that MSL will discover much about the origin of life. When I am not working on ChemCam, I am working on MUSE (Multi Unit Spectrograph Explorer), a second generation instrument for the Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile. This instrument will allow us to explore the galaxies beyond our own Milky Way.