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Reaching Outer Space Starts with a Team that Goes Farther

Imagine creating spacecraft and instruments that travel millions —sometimes billions — of miles to explore planets, moons, asteroids and even the Sun. It’s what the people of APL Civil Space get to do every day. And our success begins with our team’s passion and incomparable expertise. Meet the scientists, engineers and other professionals who collaborate to expand humanity’s reach and knowledge.

About Our Leadership Team

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Laura Mayorga

Exoplanet Astronomer
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Viacheslav Merkin

Space physicist
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Heather Meyer

Planetary Geologist
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Wesley Millard

Electrical System Engineer; Frontier Radio Co-Inventor
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Richard Miller

Astrophysicist; Nuclear physicist; Planetary scientist
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Donald Mitchell

Instrument Designer; Planetary magnetospheres Physicist; Heliospheric Physicist
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Parisa Mostafavi

Space physicist
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Scott Murchie

Planetary geologist; Instrument principal investigator
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A. Nair

Scientific Software Developer
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David Napolillo

Mechanical Design Engineer
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Anthony Needles

Flight Software Engineer
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Kenneth Newsome

Electrical Systems Engineer; Project Manager
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Jorge Núñez

Planetary Scientist; Astrobiologist; Systems Engineer
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Shin-ichi Ohtani

space physicist
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Christopher Paranicas

Planetary Scientist