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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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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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Lillian Nguyen

Software Engineer
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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
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Gerald (Wes) Patterson

Planetary geologist
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Larry Paxton

principal investigator; aeronomer; space scientist
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Patrick Peplowski

Nuclear spectroscopist; Experimental nuclear physicist; Radiation physicist
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Mark Perry

Planetary scientist
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Michael Phillips

Planetary Geoscientist
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Jeffrey Plescia

Planetary scientist; Geophysicist
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Jamie Porter

Radiation Effects; Spacecraft Charging Effects