publication date: Thursday, April 26, 2012 (part of Spring 2012)

category: Science

clue: Two months ago, this longtime Mars expert was re-hired by NASA to plan its next robotic expedition to the red planet.

explanation: Figueroa ran Mars exploration programs for NASA throughout the early 2000s. He left the administration in 2010, only to rejoin in 2012. more…

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Samir Mehta, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, and Aaron Shurtleff

trivia: Several players guessed John Grunsfeld.

Men are from Mars: The fourth planet from the Sun has long held the fascination of men, especially these five, who will forever be associated with the red planet. There's a reason why both Mars and men share the symbol ♂.

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