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My Return to Eritrea, the Place of My Birth, After 52 years: Dr. Paul Mahaffy

Dr. Paul Mahaffy return to his birth place Eritrea after 52 years.
Dr. Paul Mahaffy’s reflection about his recent trip to his birthplace Eritrea after 52 years. Dr. Paul Mahaffy is a planetary scientist and Director of the Solar System Exploration Division in NASA.

BY PAUL MAHAFFY (PH.D.)

I was born in Asmara, Eritrea, the child of parents from the United States and spent most of my first 16 years of life in Senafe before returning with my family to the United States where I finished my education. Continue reading My Return to Eritrea, the Place of My Birth, After 52 years: Dr. Paul Mahaffy

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

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