They're united by a lofty goal to investigate whether Jupiter's moon Europa could harbor primitive life under its icy shell. Europa Clipper's scientists and engineers include many stars in the field of planetary exploration. Some came from leading roles in the flyby of Pluto by NASA's New Horizons mission. Several have worked together for decades, exploring Europa and other icy moons with NASA's Cassini, Galileo and Voyager missions.

In addition to its veteran explorers, Europa Clipper also includes younger team members who've begun making their contributions to the field more recently.

"We have a rare and wonderful opportunity with this mission to investigate whether Europa could be an abode for life," said Curt Niebur, Europa Clipper program scientist at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "We're in the service of our colleagues, our scientific community, our country and our fellow human beings. It's a responsibility we take very seriously."

Mission Management

Project Manager: Jan Chodas, JPL
Project Scientist: Robert Pappalardo, JPL
Deputy Project Manager: Jordan Evans, JPL
Assistant Project Manager: Tim Larson, JPL
Assistant Project Manager: Tom Magner, APL
Deputy Project Scientist: David Senske, JPL
Deputy Project Scientist: Haje Korth, APL
Program Scientist: Curt Niebur, NASA HQ
Program Executive: David Lavery, NASA HQ
Program Manager: Scott Bellamy, NASA Marshall

Engineering Team

Project System Engineer: Jennifer Dooley, JPL
Deputy Project System Engineer: Joseph Stehly, JPL
Chief Engineer: Kobie Boykins, JPL
Deputy Chief Engineer: Jason Feldman, JPL

Project Business Manager: Tiffany Daleo, JPL
Deputy Project Business Manager: Ryan Montgomery, JPL
Science Manager: Brian Paczkowski, JPL
Deputy Science Manager: Trina Ray, JPL
Mission Assurance Manager: Linda Facto, JPL
Deputy Mission Assurance Manager: Michael Kokorowski, JPL
Assistant Mission Assurance Manager: David Brinza, JPL
Mission System Manager: Al Cangahuala, JPL
Deputy Mission System Manager: Glen Havens, JPL
Assistant Mission System Manager: Mark Holdridge, APL
Payload Manager: Valerie Thomas, JPL
Deputy Payload Manager: Stacy Weinstein-Weiss, JPL
Deputy Payload Manager: Pavani Peddada, JPL
Lead Payload System Engineer: London Lawson, JPL
Flight System Manager: Jeff Srinivasan, JPL
Deputy Flight System Manager​: Joshua St. Vaughn, JPL
Flight System Engineer: Tracy Drain, JPL
Deputy Flight System Engineer: Carolina Barltrop, JPL
Deputy Flight System Engineer: Chris Roumeliotis, JPL

Science Team

Project Staff Scientist: Kate Craft, APL
Project Staff Scientist: Rachel Klima, APL
Project Staff Scientist: Cynthia Phillips, JPL
Project Staff Scientist: Ingrid Daubar, JPL/Brown
Project Staff Scientist: Sam Howell, JPL

Mapping Imaging Spectrometer for Europa (MISE)

Principal Investigator: Diana Blaney, JPL
Deputy Principal Investigator: Karl Hibbitts, APL

Radar for Europa Assessment and Sounding: Ocean to Near-surface (REASON)

Principal Investigator: Donald Blankenship, UT Austin
Deputy Principal Investigator: Alina Moussessian, JPL

Europa Thermal Emission Imaging System (E-THEMIS)

Principal Investigator: Phil Christensen, ASU
Deputy Principal Investigator: John Spencer, SWRI

SUrface Dust Analyzer (SUDA)

Principal Investigator: Sascha Kempf, LASP

Europa Clipper Magnetometer (ECM)

Instrument Team Lead: Margaret Kivelson, U. Michigan
Deputy Instrument Team Lead: Xianzhe Jia, U. Michigan

Europa Clipper’s Ultraviolet Spectrograph (Europa-UVS)

Principal Investigator: Kurt Retherford, SwRI
Deputy Principal Investigator: Randy Gladstone, SWRI

Europa Imaging System (EIS)

Principal Investigator: Elizabeth Turtle, APL
Deputy Principal Investigator: Alfred McEwen, U. Arizona
Deputy Principal Investigator: Wes Patterson, APL

MAss SPectrometer for Planetary EXploration (MASPEX)

Principal Investigator: J. Hunter Waite, SwRI
Deputy Principal Investigator: Tim Brockwell, SWRI

Plasma Instrument for Magnetic Sounding (PIMS)

Principal Investigator: Joseph Westlake, APL
Deputy Principal Investigator: Ralph McNutt, APL


NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the Europa Clipper mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington, D.C. The Europa Clipper mission is being developed in partnership with the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), Laurel, Maryland.

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