In the center of the image, four technicians are seen lifting off a square, white protective cover from a white container that holds Europa Clipper’s narrow-angle camera. The engineers are wearing white full-body coveralls, including blue face masks. Two are facing away from the camera and two are facing the camera. The two closest to the camera have APL written on the back of the coveralls, which stands for “Applied Physics Lab”. Another worker in a white bunny suit and dark blue hood stands off to the right side of the image. A wall clock is to the right of his head. To the far left of the image, two people in bunny suits are recording the moment: One person is holding a video camera, and the other is holding a smartphone. A toolbox is against a wall on the left side of the room.
Source: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Published: April 12, 2023

Engineers remove a protective cover from Europa Clipper’s narrow-angle camera (NAC), which was built at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab (APL). The NAC arrived at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Southern California in April 2023 for integration into the spacecraft.

The NAC is half of the Europa Imaging System, or EIS (pronounced “ice”). The other camera is a wide-angle camera (WAC), which was delivered to JPL in June 2022. Together, the cameras will capture Europa’s valleys, ridges, dark bands, and other features in great detail. The NAC will also produce a global map of Europa.