Two workers are standing 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 workers are covered head-to-toe in mostly white protective clothing called bunny suits, and they are wearing bright blue face masks. One worker is leaning toward the NAC and pointing to the NAC, which is wrapped in silver-colored insulating material. The NAC has a round base about the size of tire. The lens is sticking out at an angle.
Source: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Published: April 12, 2023

Engineers inspect 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.