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Born and Raised in Eritrea, a NASA Scientist Leads Missions in Space

Paul Mahaffy - A top U.S. scientist involved with space exploration was raised in Eritrea, East Africa
Dr. Paul Mahaffy, a top U.S. Scientist involved with space exploration at NASA was born and raised in Eritrea, East Africa

By Salem Solomon,

SOME of Paul Mahaffy’s fondest childhood memories are of doing something that would make most parents today cringe. Living in the Red Sea nation of Eritrea, he would climb a mountain near the town of Senafe. The granite formation known as Metera rises 2,500 meters above sea level and at its peak sits an iron cross erected decades ago by Italians.

Perhaps it was from that high perch that Mahaffy first began to look at Earth from a different perspective than his peers. Today, he is one of the top scientists at NASA researching the soil and atmosphere of Mars and examining whether it has ever supported life. He has come a long way from an unusual childhood. How he got here is an interesting story in its own right. Continue reading Born and Raised in Eritrea, a NASA Scientist Leads Missions in Space