Mission Team

Mission Team

The mission team is made up of individuals from JPL, private industry, universities and international partner organizations. In addition to the numerous individuals making vital contributions, key team members include:


NASA HQ

Program Executive:Ramon De Paula
Program Scientist:Mike Kelley


MRO Project Office - Mission Operations

Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)

Project Manager:Dan Johnston
Mission Manager:Reid Thomas
Project Scientist: Richard Zurek
Deputy Project Scientist:Leslie Tamppari
Mission Assurance Manager:Larry Bryant
Project Chief Engineer:Shin Huh


Mission Operations Assurance Manager:Bruce Waggoner
Project Resource Analyst:Beverly Drane
Project Staff Assistant:Emma Ramos


Flight Engineering Team

Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company

Mission Operations ManagerKenny Starnes
Flight Engineering Team ChiefKevin Gilliland
Spacecraft Systems LeadMykal LeFevre
Spacecraft Subsystems LeadEric Schmitz


MRO Project Office - Development

Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)

Project Manager:Jim Graf
Project Scientist:Rich Zurek
Deputy Project Scientist:Sue Smrekar
Flight System Manager:Howard Eisen
Science Payload Manager:John Duxbury
MOS/GDS Manager:Ben Jai
Mission Design Manager:Dan Johnston
Mission Assurance Manager:Phil Barela
Flight Systems Engineer:Todd Bayer
Launch Vehicle Liason:Arden Acord


Spacecraft Bus Design/Systems Integrator

Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company

Lockheed Martin Program ManagerKevin McNeill
Chief Engineer:Steve Jolly
System Design Lead:Tim Halbrook
Payload Integration Lead:Joe Witte
Spacecraft Operations Lead:Wayne Sidney


Science Instrument Investigations:

CRISM -- Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Laboratory

Principal InvestigatorScott Murchie
Manager, Space ProgramsTom Coughlin
Instrument Project ManagerPeter Bedini
Instrument System EngineerDennis Fort
Ground Data SystemEric Malaret
Mission Operations SystemsTeck Choo
Instrument Mission Assurance ManagerMike Baluck
Contracting OfficerJames Krug
Financial ManagerVickie Allen
Education & Public Outreach LeadKerri Beisser


CTX -- Malin Space Science Systems

Team Leader & Principal InvestigatorMichael Malin
Instrument Project ManagerMike Ravine
Instrument System EngineerMike Caplinger
Ground Data System/Mission Operations Systems ManagerKim Supulver
Instrument Mission Assurance ManagerMike Ravine
Contracting OfficerAnn Pasquini
Business ManagerDiana Micna
Education & Public Outreach LeadKen Edgett


HiRISE -- Univ. of Arizona, Ball Aerospace Civil Space and Technology

Principal InvestigatorAlfred S. McEwen
VP & General Manager Jim Oschmann
Instrument Project ManagerAlan Delamere
Instrument System EngineerJim Bergstrom
Ground Data System/Mission Operations Systems ManagerRod Heyd
Instrument Mission Assurance ManagerBob Bodemuller
Contracting OfficerLinda Hickox
Education & Public Outreach LeadVirginia Gulick


MARCI -- Malin Space Science Systems

Principal InvestigatorMichael Malin
Instrument Project ManagerMike Ravine
Instrument System EngineerMike Caplinger
Ground Data System/Mission Operations Systems ManagerKim Supulver
Instrument Mission Assurance ManagerMike Ravine
Contracting OfficerAnn Pasquini
Business ManagerDiana Micna
Education & Public Outreach LeadKen Edgett


MCS -- Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Principal InvestigatorDaniel J. McCleese
Instrument Project ManagerGeorge Fraschetti
Instrument ManagerWayne Hartford
Co-InvestigatorTim Schofield


SHARAD -- Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI), Washington University; Alenia Spazio, Univ. of Rome-INFOCOM

Project Manager, ASIEnrico Flamini
PO LeadLucia Marinangeli
Team Leader, InfocomRoberto Seu
Project Manager, AleniaEnrico Zampolini
Co-Team LeaderRoger Phillips
Experiment ManagerArturo Masdea
Program ManagerDoroteo Adirosi
Ground Data System/Mission Operations Systems ManagerDaniela Biccari
Education & Public Outreach LeadRobeto Orosei


Engineering Instrument Projects:



Gravity Field Investigation -- MIT; Goddard Space Flight Center

Team LeadMaria T. Zuber
Deputy Team LeadDavid E. Smith


Atmospheric Structure Investigation -- George Washington University, NASA/Langley Research Center

Team LeadGerald Keating


Electra -- Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Project ManagerEric Schwartzbaum


Optical Navigation Experiment -- Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Principal InvestigatorSteve Synnott
Principal InvestigatorSamad Hayati
Instrument Project ManagerGeorge Fraschetti
Instrument System EngineerBettina Pavri
Instrument ManagerWayne Hartford


Ka-band Telecommunications Experiment -- Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Team LeadFaramaz Davarian




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