Michael Ravine, Advanced Projects Manager

Michael Ravine during focus testing of the Phoenix Mars Descent Imager (MARDI) flight unit.

Mike Ravine during focus testing of the Phoenix Mars Descent Imager (MARDI) flight unit.


  • B. S., 1982, California Institute of Technology, Physics
  • Sc. M., 1984, Brown University, Geology
  • Ph.D., 1997, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Geophysics


  • Advanced Projects Manager, Malin Space Science Systems, 1998–2000; 2001–present
  • Executive Producer, NOBEL SON, 2005–2009
  • Technical Advisor, Earthship Productions, 2001–2002
  • Chief Payload Officer, Blastoff, Inc., 2000–2001
  • Co-founder and Member of the Technical Staff, Altadena Instruments Corporation, 1987–1997
  • Vice-President and Project Manager, Presence Information Design, 1995–1997
  • Founder, Technical Research Group, 1986–present
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory Contractor, Ball Aerospace Systems Division, 1985–1986
  • Research Assistant, California Institute of Technology, 1980–1982
  • Central Office Equipment Installer, Evergreen Communications, 1977–1979


Spaceflight Systems Experience:

  • Project Manager, Terminal Tracking Camera (T2Cam) (2018-date)
  • Project Manager, Psyche Multispectral Imager (PMI) (2016–date)
  • Project Manager, Mars 2020 Rover Mast Camera Zoom (Mastcam-Z) (2014–date)
  • Project Manager, Mars 2020 Rover SHERLOC ACI/WATSON subassemblies (2014–date)
  • Project Manager, OSIRIS-REx Touch-and-Go Camera System (TAGCAMS) (2013–date)
  • Project Manager, ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter Mars Atmospheric Global Imaging Experiment (MAGIE) (2010–2012)
  • Project Manager and Co-Investigator, Juno Jupiter Orbiter Juno Camera (Junocam) (2005–present)
  • Project Manager, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) (2004-2005)
  • Project Manager, Mars Science Laboratory Mars Descent Imager (2004-present)
  • Project Manager, Mars Science Laboratory Mastcam (2004-present)
  • Project Manager, Mars Science Laboratory Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) (2004–present)
  • Principal Investigator, Semi-autonomous Rover Operations (2004–2008)
  • Project Manager, Mars Phoenix Lander Mars Descent Imager (MARDI) (2003–2007)
  • Project Manager, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Mars Color Imager (MARCI) (2001–2005)
  • Project Manager, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Context Camera (CTX) (2001–2005)
  • Principal Investigator, Freefall Interferometric Gravity Gradiometer (2001–2004)
  • Payload Manager, L1: Return to Apollo (2000–2001)
  • Project Manager, Mars Surveyor 2001 Lander Mars Descent Imager (MARDI '01) (1998–2000)
  • Project Manager, Mars Surveyor 2001 Orbiter Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) Visible Imaging Subsystem (VIS) (1998–1999)
  • Participated in the development and calibration of the Mars Surveyor 1998 Orbiter Mars Color Imager (MARCI) and Lander Mars Descent Imager (MARDI) (1995–1999)
  • Deputy Instrument Manager, Mars Global Surveyor Orbiter Camera (MOC2) (1994–1996)
  • Deputy Instrument Manager, Mars Observer Camera (MOC) (1986–1992)
  • Research Analyst, Voyager Imaging System (ISS) and Photopolarimeter (PPS) (1985–1986)


Field Experience:

  • Australian-Antarctic Discordance (R/V Melville), 1994
  • Southern Victoria Land, Antarctica, 1988–1989, 1993–1994
  • Kilauea, Hawaii, 1987
  • Northern Iceland, 1985
  • Southeast Montana, 1983, 1984


Research Interests:

Earth mantle viscosity and dynamics; geodynamics; impact cratering; spaceflight instrumentation


Awards and Honors:

  • NASA Exceptional Public Achievement Medal,  2012
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, 1993, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017 (2)
  • U.S. Navy Antarctica Service Medal, 1989
  • Exxon Teaching Fellowship, 1982–1984



Michael C. Malin,  Michael A. Ravine,  Michael A. Caplinger,  F. Tony Ghaemi,  Jacob A. Schaffner, Justin N. Maki,  James F. Bell III,  James F. Cameron,  William E. Dietrich,  Kenneth S. Edgett, Laurence J. Edwards,  James B. Garvin,  Bernard Hallet,  Kenneth E. Herkenhoff,  Ezat Heydari, Linda C. Kah,  Mark T. Lemmon,  Michelle E. Minitti,  Timothy S. Olson,  Timothy J. Parker, Scott K. Rowland,  Juergen Schieber,  Ron Sletten,  Robert J. Sullivan,  Dawn Y. Sumner,  R. Aileen Yingst, Brian M. Duston,  Sean McNair and  Elsa H. Jensen (2017), The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Mast cameras and Descent imager: Investigation and instrument descriptions, Earth and Space Science 4, 506-539, doi.org/10.1002/2016EA000252.

S. J. Bolton, A. Adriani, V. Adumitroaie, M. Allison, J. Anderson, S. Atreya, J. Bloxham, S. Brown, J. E. P. Connerney, E. DeJong, W. Folkner, D. Gautier, D. Grassi, S. Gulkis, T. Guillot, C. Hansen, W. B. Hubbard, L. Iess, A. Ingersoll, M. Janssen, J. Jorgensen, Y. Kaspi, S. M. Levin, C. Li, J. Lunine, Y. Miguel, A. Mura, G. Orton, T. Owen, M. Ravine, E. Smith, P. Steffes, E. Stone, D. Stevenson, R. Thorne, J. Waite, D. Durante, R. W. Ebert, T. K. Greathouse, V. Hue, M. Parisi, J. R. Szalay, R. Wilson (2017), Jupiter’s interior and deep atmosphere: The initial pole-to-pole passes with the Juno spacecraft, Science 356, 821-825, doi: 10.1126/science.aal2108.

Glenn S. Orton,  Candice Hansen,  Michael Caplinger,  Michael Ravine,  Sushil Atreya, Andrew P. Ingersoll,  Elsa Jensen, Thomas Momary,  Leslie Lipkaman,  Daniel Krysak,  Robert Zimdar and Scott Bolton (2017), The first close‐up images of Jupiter's polar regions: Results from the Juno mission JunoCam instrument, Geophysical Research Letters 44, 4599-4606, doi.org/10.1002/2016GL072443.

Hansen, C. J., M. A. Caplinger, A. Ingersoll, M. A. Ravine, E. Jensen, S. Bolton, G. Orton (2014), Junocam: Juno’s Outreach Camera, Space Science Reviews 213, 475-506,  doi:110.1007/s11214-014-0079-x.

Edgett, Kenneth S., R. Aileen Yingst, Michael A. Ravine, Michael A. Caplinger, Justin N. Maki, F. Tony Ghaemi, Jacob A. Schaffner, James F. Bell III, Laurence J. Edwards,Kenneth E. Herkenhoff, Ezat Heydari, Linda C. Kah, Mark T. Lemmon, Michelle E. Minitti, Timothy S. Olson, Timothy J. Parker, Scott K. Rowland, Juergen Schieber, Robert J. Sullivan, Dawn Y. Sumner, Peter C. Thomas, Elsa H. Jensen, John J. Simmonds, Aaron J. Sengstacken, Reg G. Willson, Walter Goetz (2012), Curiosity’s Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) Investigation, Space Science Reviews 170, 259–317, doi:10.1007/s11214-012-9910-4.

Malin, M. C., K. S. Edgett, B. A. Cantor, M. A. Caplinger, G. E. Danielson, E. H. Jensen, M. A. Ravine, J. L. Sandoval, and K. D. Supulver (2010), An overview of the 1985–2006 Mars Orbiter Camera science investigation, Mars 5, 1–60, doi:10.1555/mars.2010.0001.

Robinson, M. S., S. M. Brylow, M. Tschimmel, D. Humm, S. J. Lawrence, P. C. Thomas, B. W. Denevi, E. Bowman-Cisneros, J. Zerr, M. A. Ravine, M. A. Caplinger, F. T. Ghaemi, J. A. Schaffer, M. C. Malin, A. Bartels, J. Anderson, T. N. Tran, E. M. Eliason, A. S. McEwen, E. Turtle, B. L. Jolliff, and H. Hiesinger (2010), Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) Instrument Overview, Space Science Systems 150, 81–124, doi:10.1007/s11214-010-9634-2.

Bell, J. F., M. J. Wolff, M. C. Malin, W. M. Calvin, B. A. Cantor, M. A. Caplinger, R. T. Clancy, K. S. Edgett, L. J. Edwards, J. Fahle, F. Ghaemi, R. M. Haberle, A. Hale, P. B. James, S. W. Lee, T. McConnochie, E. N. Dobrea, M. A. Ravine, D. Schaeffer, K. D. Supulver, and P. C. Thomas (2009), Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Mars Color Imager (MARCI): Instrument description, calibration, and performance, Journal of Geophysical Research-Planets 114, E08S92, doi:10.1029/2008JE003315.

Malin, M. C., J. F. Bell III, B. A. Cantor, M. A. Caplinger, W. M. Calvin, R. T. Clancy, K. S. Edgett, L. Edwards, R. M. Haberle, P. B. James, S. W. Lee, M. A. Ravine, P. C. Thomas, and M. J. Wolff (2007), Context Camera Investigation on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Journal of Geophysical Research 112, E06S04, doi:10.1029/2006JE002808.

Christensen, P. R., B. M. Jakosky, H. H. Kieffer, M. C. Malin, H. Y. McSween Jr., K. Nealson, G. L. Mehall, S. H. Silverman, S. Ferry, M. Caplinger, and M. A. Ravine (2004), The Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) for the Mars 2001 Odyssey Mission, Space Science Reviews 110, 85–130, doi:10.1023/B:SPAC.0000021008.16305.94.

Ravine, M. A., E. A. Derby, G. E. Danielson, M. C. Malin, J. Richer, T. A. Soulanile, and A. R. Telkamp (2003), Graphite-epoxy optical systems: Lessons learned on the way to Mars, Proceedings of the SPIE 5179, 311–322, doi:10.1117/12.507967.

Malin, M. C., M. H. Carr, G. E. Danielson, M. E. Davies, W. K. Hartmann, A. P. Ingersoll, P. B. James, H. Masursky, A. S. McEwen, L. A. Soderblom, P. Thomas, J. Veverka, M. A. Caplinger, M. A. Ravine, T. A. Soulanille, and J. L. Warren (1998), Early Views of the Martian Surface from the Mars Orbiter Camera of Mars Global Surveyor, Science 279, 1681–1685, doi:10.1126/science.279.5357.1681.

Malin, M. C. and M. A. Ravine (1994), Thirty years of measurements of sand wedge growth in lower Wright Valley, Antarctica, Antarctic Journal of the U.S. 29, 19–20.

Ravine, M. A. and J. P. Morgan (1993), Geoid effects of lateral viscosity variation near the top of the mantle: A 2D model, Earth and Planetary Science Letters 119, 617–625, doi:10.1016/0012-821X(93)90066-I.

Malin, M. C., G. E. Danielson, A. P. Ingersoll, H. Masursky, J. Veverka, M. A. Ravine and T. A. Soulanille (1992), The Mars Observer Camera, Journal of Geophysical Research 97(E5), 7699–7718, doi:10.1029/92JE00340.

Malin, M. C., G. E. Danielson, M. A. Ravine and T. A. Soulanille (1991), Design and Development of the Mars Observer Camera, International Journal of Imaging Systems and Technology 3, 76–91, doi:10.1002/ima.1850030205.

Ravine, M. A. and T. A. Soulanille (1989), Cameras for microspacecraft, Journal of the British Interplanetary Society 42, 460–467, http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1989JBIS...42..460R.

Ravine, M. A. and R. A. F. Grieve (1986), An analysis of morphologic variation in simple lunar craters, Journal of Geophysical Research 91, E75–E83, doi:10.1029/JB091iB13p00E75.

Ravine, M. A. (1978), Star Warring, Galaxy 39, no. 6, 58–59.