Tex Kubacki was born on April 26, 1990 in the small Pennsylvania mining-town of Philadelphia. He dedicated his life to the art of mineral extraction, and graduated from the Univ. of Utah in 2014 with an MS in mining engineering. He worked as a research seismologist for the CDC, before joining MSSS to serve as Mastcam Operations Lead on the MSL mission, where he also worked as software developer for Mars 2020 Mastcam-Z science calibration. Mr. Kubacki is an avid bowler, proficient manualist, and noted cat lover. As a minister of the Universal Life Church, he has performed five weddings, zero divorces, and one successful exorcism.