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

Flight Engineering Team
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company
Mission Operations Manager Kenny Starnes
Spacecraft Engineer Kevin Gilliland
Spacecraft Systems Lead Mykal LeFevre
Spacecraft Subsystems Lead Eric 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 Manager Kevin 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 Investigator Scott Murchie
Manager, Space Programs Tom Coughlin
Instrument Project Manager Peter Bedini
Instrument System Engineer Dennis Fort
Ground Data System Eric Malaret
Mission Operations Systems Teck Choo
Instrument Mission Assurance Manager Mike Baluck
Contracting Officer James Krug
Financial Manager Vickie Allen
Education & Public Outreach Lead Kerri Beisser

CTX -- Malin Space Science Systems
Team Leader & Principal Investigator Michael Malin
Instrument Project Manager Mike Ravine
Instrument System Engineer Mike Caplinger
Ground Data System/Mission Operations Systems Manager Kim Supulver
Instrument Mission Assurance Manager Mike Ravine
Contracting Officer Ann Pasquini
Business Manager Diana Micna
Education & Public Outreach Lead Ken Edgett

HiRISE -- Univ. of Arizona, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.
Principal Investigator Alfred S. McEwen
Ball Aerospace Systems Division Jerry Chodil
Instrument Project Manager  
Instrument System Engineer Jim Bergstrohm
Ground Data System/Mission Operations Systems Manager Eric Eliason
Instrument Mission Assurance Manager Larry Deronin
Contracting Officer Linda Hickox
Education & Public Outreach Lead Virginia Gulick

MARCI -- Malin Space Science Systems
Principal Investigator Michael Malin
Instrument Project Manager Mike Ravine
Instrument System Engineer Mike Caplinger
Ground Data System/Mission Operations Systems Manager Kim Supulver
Instrument Mission Assurance Manager Mike Ravine
Contracting Officer Ann Pasquini
Business Manager Diana Micna
Education & Public Outreach Lead Ken Edgett

MCS -- Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Principal Investigator Daniel J. McCleese
Instrument Project Manager George Fraschetti
Instrument Manager Wayne Hartford
Co-Investigator Tim Schofield

SHARAD -- Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI), Washington University; Alenia Spazio, Univ. of Rome-INFOCOM
Project Manager, ASI Enrico Flamini
PO Lead Lucia Marinangeli
Team Leader, Infocom Roberto Seu
Project Manager, Alenia Enrico Zampolini
Co-Team Leader Roger Phillips
Experiment Manager Arturo Masdea
Program Manager Doroteo Adirosi
Ground Data System/Mission Operations Systems Manager Daniela Biccari
Education & Public Outreach Lead Robeto Orosei

Engineering Instrument Projects:

Gravity Field Investigation -- MIT; Goddard Space Flight Center
Team Lead Maria T. Zuber
Deputy Team Lead David E. Smith

Atmospheric Structure Investigation -- George Washington University, NASA/Langley Research Center
Team Lead Gerald Keating

Electra -- Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Project Manager Eric Schwartzbaum

Optical Navigation Experiment -- Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Principal Investigator Steve Synnott
Principal Investigator Samad Hayati
Instrument Project Manager George Fraschetti
Instrument System Engineer Bettina Pavri
Instrument Manager Wayne Hartford

Ka-band Telecommunications Experiment -- Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Team Lead Faramaz Davarian


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Meet the people from around the world who have made contributions to the exploration of Mars at: Zip Code Mars

Key Facts

Launch: August 12, 2005

Launch Location: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

Arrival: March 10, 2006

Weight: 2,180 kilograms (4,806 pounds) at launch, including fuel

Electrical Power: Solar panels

Rocket: Atlas V

Mission Duration: 2006 - Ongoing


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