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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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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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Jamie Porter

Radiation Effects; Spacecraft Charging Effects
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Parvathy Prem

Planetary Scientist
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Joseph Pulkowski

Chief Engineer SII Group
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Nour Raouafi

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Matthew Reinhart

Program Manager
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Andrew Rivkin

Planetary Astronomer
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James Roberts

Planetary Geophysicist
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Kirby Runyon

Planetary Geomorphologist
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Kyle Ryan

Optical Engineer; Systems Engineer
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Robert Schaefer

Aeronomer; Astrophysicist