A worker kneels beside the Europa Clipper’s narrow-angle camera (NAC), which is on a metal platform with rods sticking straight up at the corners of the platform. The worker is covered head-to-toe in white protective clothing called a bunny suit. The worker is wearing a blue head covering, and a bright blue face mask. The NAC is wrapped in silver-colored insulating material, it has a round base about the size of tire. The lens is sticking out at an angle and is laced up inside the insulating material.
Source: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Published: April 12, 2023

A worker kneels beside 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.