Team

Name: Mink, Ron
Role: Mission Systems Engineer
Organization: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
Joined OSIRIS-REx: 2008

Bio:

Ron is a University of Wisconsin graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics. He joined NASA in 2001 as an Optical Engineer supporting technology development activities for the James Webb Space Telescope. He joined OSIRIS-REx in 2008 as the Deputy Project Systems Engineer developing the Step 1 proposal for NASA’s New Frontier Program, a role he maintained through launch in 2016. He then became the Mission Systems Engineer for OSIRIS-REx within GSFC’s Space Science Mission Operations Project Office, leading advance planning efforts for proximity operations at asteroid Bennu and serving as chair of the Mission Planning Board. Ron is the recipient of NASA’s Exceptional Service Medal.



Name: Moreau, Dr. Mike
Role: Deputy Project Manager
Organization: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
Joined OSIRIS-REx: 2013

Bio:

Mike has worked for NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center since 2001 and has been part of the OSIRIS-REx team since 2013. He led the O-REx navigation team through development and the first three years of mission operations, before becoming Deputy Project Manager in 2019. Prior to joining O-REx, Mike worked in support of space navigation activities as part of Goddard’s Satellite Servicing Capabilities project, NASA’s Constellation Program, and two large national defense satellite programs. Mike earned degrees in mechanical engineering and aerospace engineering from the University of Vermont and University of Colorado, respectively. His Ph.D. research, which found application on a number of Earth orbiting satellites, focused on applications of the Global Positioning System in high Earth orbits. Mike grew up on a Vermont dairy farm. Outside of work, he enjoys live music, spending time with family, and exploring planet Earth.



Name: Morton, Erin
Role: Communications Lead
Organization: University of Arizona
Joined OSIRIS-REx: 2015

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Name: Mullen, Stephanie
Role: Project Support Specialist/Configuration Management
Organization: ASRC Federal Systems Solutions/Goddard Space Flight Center
Joined OSIRIS-REx: December 2017

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Name: Murray, Kellie
Role: Contracting Officer
Organization: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
Joined OSIRIS-REx: 2020

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Name: Neal-Jones, Nancy
Role: Senior Communications Manager
Organization: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
Joined OSIRIS-REx: 2012

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Name: Nelson, Derek
Role: Optical Navigation Engineer
Organization: KinetX, Inc.
Joined OSIRIS-REx: June 2013

Bio:

Derek has assisted in the development and operation of the OSIRIS-REx optical navigation and TAGCAMS camera systems since the beginning of his tenure at KinetX in June 2013. He also served on the optical navigation team for the New Horizons flyby of the Pluto system in 2015, led the team for its extended mission flyby of Arrokoth in 2019, and now serves as the Deputy Navigation Team Chief. Derek is working as a lead navigation engineer for the LunaH-Map CubeSat mission to the Moon, and supports various internal Research & Development projects. Prior to working at KinetX, Derek was a student at Cal Poly SLO and worked in the university’s CubeSat lab. Outside of the office, Derek enjoys time at the beach, camping, dog park picnics, and aimlessly exploring the city listening to podcasts.



Name: Nolan, Michael “Mike”
Role: Science Team Chief
Organization: University of Arizona
Joined OSIRIS-REx: 2005

Bio:

Mike Nolan has been part of the mission since “OSIRIS-REx” was just “OSIRIS.” Much of Mike’s career (from 1995 to 2015) was spent at the Arecibo Observatory in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. At the observatory, he was the head of the Planetary Radar group from 2004-2015 and Observatory Director from 2008-2011. During this time, Mike was responsible for the original Arecibo radar observations of Bennu (then called “1999 RQ36”) in 1999, 2005, and 2011. He also made the asteroid shape model used for planning the mission. He moved to UArizona in July 2015 to help with the scientific management of the mission as Mission Geophysical Scientist and has since become Science Team Chief. In 2017, Mike was awarded the NASA Outstanding Public Leadership Medal for his work with the Arecibo Planetary Radar. Mike holds a Ph.D. in Planetary Sciences from the University of Arizona and a B.S in Chemistry from Caltech.



Name: Norman, Chris
Role: GN&C Operations and TAGCAMS lead
Organization: Lockheed Martin Space
Joined OSIRIS-REx: 2014

Bio:

Chris has worked on a variety of research and development projects at Lockheed Martin, including robotics, proximity and docking operations, and pose estimation. He supported the development of OSIRIS-REx Natural Feature Tracking system and the Lucy Terminal Tracking system. Chris joined the OSIRIS-REx GN&C operations team in 2018 and has served as the TAGCAMS lead since that time. He has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering degrees from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.



Name: Nuth, Dr. Joe
Role: Deputy Project Scientist
Organization: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
Joined OSIRIS-REx: 2006

Bio:

Joe is the Senior Scientist for Primitive Bodies in the Solar System Exploration Division at NASA-GSFC. He has B.S. degrees in Astronomy & Chemistry, a M.S. in Geochemistry & a Ph.D. in Chemistry. He led GSFC’s Astrochemistry Branch for 18 years, spent 5 years as Discipline Scientist for the Origins of Solar Systems R&A program and 2 for Planetary Materials and Geochemistry at NASA HQ. In 2006, he was Project Scientist (PS) for the OSIRIS proposal, and the OSIRIS Phase A Concept Study. In 2009, he was PS for the OSIRIS-REx proposal and served as PS for the Phase A Concept Study. He became Deputy Project Scientist in 2011. A Fellow of the Meteoritical Society since 2004, the Astronomy Department at UMD named him a Distinguished Alumnus in 2012. He has been married for more than 40 years with two daughters, a grandson and a granddaughter.



Name: Olds, Ryan
Role: Guidance Navigation and Controls Manager
Organization: Lockheed Martin Space
Joined OSIRIS-REx: 2012

Bio:

Ryan has worked in various roles within the Guidance Navigation and Controls subsystem since starting with Lockheed Martin Deep Space Exploration in 2005. During that time, he has worked on pointing controls for the Spitzer space telescope, control design for the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL), control design for OSIRIS-REx and also served as the Certified Principal Engineer (CPE) for Natural Feature Tracking on OSIRIS-REx prior to launch. Most recently Ryan has served as the GN&C Lead for OSIRIS-REx operations since launch in September of 2016.



Name: Page, Brian
Role: Navigation Team
Organization: KinetX, Inc.
Joined OSIRIS-REx: 2014

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Name: Parish, Carey
Role: Propulsion Subsystem Lead
Organization: Lockheed Martin Space
Joined OSIRIS-REx: 2011

Bio:

Carey started at Lockheed Martin as a propulsion engineer performing fluid transient analyses for pulsed mode propulsion systems being developed for mars landers. Aside from propulsion subsystem performance analyses, Carey’s focus is on low gravity fluid management and propellant slosh. Carey also has extensive mission operations background for NASA spacecraft including MRO, Phoenix, Odyssey, MAVEN, GRAIL, Juno, InSight, and OSIRIS-REx. Carey also serves as a manager for personnel supporting spacecraft propulsion analysis and propulsion subsystem integration. Carey earned his Bachelors and Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering from New Mexico State University. Outside of work, Carey spends his time with his wife and kids biking, downhill skiing, fly fishing, backpacking, and home renovations.



Name: Pelgrift, John
Role: Optical Navigation Engineer
Organization: KinetX, Inc.
Joined OSIRIS-REx: 2017

Bio:

John Pelgrift has been a member of the OSIRIS-REx navigation team since starting as an intern for KinetX Aerospace in 2017. He has worked doing both optical navigation and orbit determination for the mission. Raised in Oakland, California, John received a BS in Physics from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2016 and an MS in Astronautical Engineering from the University of Southern California in 2017. OSIRIS-REx is the first project he worked on after finishing school, providing an exceptional learning experience and introduction to solar system exploration. In addition to OSIRIS-REx, John worked as a part of the New Horizons navigation team for the flyby of the Kuiper Belt Object Arrokoth in 2019. He lives in Los Angeles with his partner Izzy and their two cats, Teddy and Mr. Macaroni.



Name: Perkins, Trevor
Role: Systems Engineer/ACE
Organization: Lockheed Martin Space
Joined OSIRIS-REx: March 2019

Bio:

Trevor joined Lockheed Martin in 2017 after receiving his degree in Aerospace Engineering with a concertation in Astronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He started as a test engineer on the GOES-S spacecraft and was a member of the launch team. He then joined the Deep Space Exploration group as a Systems Engineer on the InSight Mars Lander and supported through Mars EDL and surface deployment. He later joined the OSIRIS-REx team where he currently supports as a Systems Engineer. Trevor is also a multi-mission ACE supporting the InSight, 2001 Mars Odyssey, MAVEN, Juno, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, and OSIRIS-REx missions and serves as the Mars Surface Relay Operations Lead.



Name: Pichler, Chris
Role: Spacecraft Propulsion Back-up
Organization: Lockheed Martin Space
Joined OSIRIS-REx: April 2019

Bio:

Chris has worked on a variety of space vehicle propulsion systems during his 33 year career with the LM Space Systems. He has performed space vehicle propulsion design, analysis, and test on multiple programs including Atlas, Titan, and Delta rockets, X-33 in Palmdale CA, Dream Chaser spacecraft, the Juno Jupiter orbiter, and now OSIRIS-REx.



Name: Poland, Devin
Role: Flight Operations Manager
Organization: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
Joined OSIRIS-REx: 2018

Bio:

Devin attended the University of Maryland College Park where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Physics and later his Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. He started working in mission operations for the Solar Dynamics Observatory fresh out of college. Devin eventually became the operations subject matter expert for thermal, power, and the two dedicated 18 meter antenna dishes that support SDO in White Sands. Devin transitioned over to operations systems engineering working numerous in-flight engineering anomalies throughout the Space Science Mission Operations fleet. Devin is the OSIRIS-REx Flight Operations Manager and works with the mission teams to help find solutions to cross-element technical and planning problems. He received an Agency Early Career Public Achievement Medal. Outside of work, Devin spends time with his yellow Labrador named Io and coaches a youth soccer team in the neighborhood where he grew up with some of his childhood friends.



Name: Polit, Anjani
Role: Mission Implementation Senior System Engineer
Organization: University of Arizona
Joined OSIRIS-REx: October 2016

Bio:

Anjani Polit leads the Science Planning Team and served as the Vice-Chair of the Site Selection Board. Anjani has participated in proposal and operations development for a number of missions, including current roles as Science Operations Manager for the proposed Io Volcano Observer and Deputy Project Manager for the proposed RUSHeS instrument. Before OSIRIS-REx, Anjani was a Targeting Specialist for the HiRISE camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and the Uplink Operations Lead for HiRISE. During this time, Anjani planned and commanded over 10,000 images of Mars. Anjani holds a BA in Geology from Pomona College and an MS in Geological Engineering from the University of Nevada Reno. In her spare time, Anjani works in search and rescue with the Southern Arizona Rescue Association where she has participated in over 100 calls and was a member of the helicopter rappel team.



Name: Ramos, Nancy
Role: Executive Assistant
Organization: University of Arizona
Joined OSIRIS-REx: April 2018

Bio:

Nancy Ramos provides administrative support to the mission’s PI Office leadership. Prior to joining the OSIRIS-REx team, Nancy spent seven years in similar administrative roles, first at Northern Arizona University and then at the University of Arizona. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Northern Arizona University. In her free time, Nancy enjoys spending time with her husband and two cats.



Name: Renick, Chad
Role: Telecom Engineer
Organization: Lockheed Martin Space
Joined OSIRIS-REx: August 2019

Bio:

Chad started with the Lockheed Martin Space and the Deep Space Exploration Telecom team in August of 2019. He provides multi-mission telecom support for OSIRIS-REx, MAVEN, Juno, and Mars Odyssey. He holds bachelor’s and mater’s degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado Denver where he conducted research into atmospheric electricity and ionosphere-magnetosphere coupling. Colorado through and through, you can find him on a 14er, a river raft, or a snowboard enjoying life with family and friends.





OSIRIS-REx Co-Investigators

Barnouin, Olivier | Applied Physics Laboratory | Lead - Altimetry

Barucci, Antonella | Paris Observatory - CNES | Asteroid Scientist - Spectroscopy

Bierhaus, Beau | Lockheed Martin | STI - Spacecraft

Binzel, Rick | Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Lead - REXIS IS/Asteroid Spectroscopy

Bottke, Bill | Southwest Research Institute | Lead - Dynamical Evolution

Bowles, Neil | Oxford University - UKSA | Sample Scientist - Spectroscopy

Campins, Humberto | University of Central Florida | Asteroid Scientist - Spectroscopy

Chesley, Steve | NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory | STI - Flight Dynamics and Navigation

Christensen, Phil | Arizona State University | Lead - OTES IS

Clark, Ben | Space Science Institute | Lead - TAGSAM IS

Clark, Beth | Ithaca College | Mission Asteroid Scientist

Cloutis, Ed | University of Winnipeg - CSA | Asteroid Scientist - Spectroscopy

Connolly, Harold | Rowan University  | Mission Sample Scientist

Crombie, Kate | Indigo Information Services | STI - Archive

DellaGiustina, Daniella | University of Arizona | Lead, Image Processing

Daly, Mike | York University | Lead - OLA IS

Delbo, Marco | Obs. De la Cote d'Azur - CNES | Asteroid Scientist Thermal

Dworkin, Jason | NASA Goddard Space Flight Center | Mission Project Scientist

Emery, Josh | Northern Arizona University | Lead - Thermal Analysis

Gaskell, Bob | Planetary Science Institute | Asteroid Scientist - Shape Model

Glavin, Danny | NASA Goddard Space Flight Center | Sample Scientist - Organics

Hamilton, Vicky | Southwest Research Institute | Lead - Spectral Analysis/Deputy - OTES IS

Hildebrand, Alan | University of Calgary - CSA | Asteroid Scientist - Regolith

Johnson, Catherine | University of British Columbia - CSA | Asteroid Scientist - Geophysics

Keller, Lindsay | NASA Johnson Space Center | Lead - Carbonaceous Meteorites

Libourel, Guy | Obs. De la Cote d'Azur - CNES | Sample Scientist

Lim, Lucy | NASA Goddard Space Flight Center | Assistant Project Scientist

Marshall, John | SETI | Asteroid Scientist - Regolith

McCoy, Tim | Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History | Asteroid Scientist - Geology

McMahon, Jay | University of Colorado | Asteroid Scientist - Radio Science

Michel, Patrick | Obs. De la Cote d'Azur - CNES | Asteroid Scientist - Geology

Nakamura-Messenger, Keiko | NASA Johnson Space Center | Lead - Sample Site Science/Deputy - Curation

Nuth, Joe | NASA Goddard Space Flight Center | Deputy - Project Science

Reuter, Dennis | NASA Goddard Space Flight Center | Lead - OVIRS IS

Righter, Kevin | NASA Johnson Space Center | Lead - Curation

Rizk, Bashar | University of Arizona | Lead - OCAMS IS

Sandford, Scott | NASA Ames Research Center | STI - SRC

Scheeres, Dan | University of Colorado | Lead - Radio Science

Simon, Amy | NASA Goddard Space Flight Center | Deputy - OVIRS IS

Smith, Peter | University of Arizona | Asteroid Scientist - Image Processing

Tachibana, Shogo | University of Tokyo - JAXA | Sample Scientist

Walsh, Kevin | Southwest Research Institute | Lead - Regolith Development

Watanabe, Sei-ichiro | Nagoya University - JAXA | Asteroid Scientist

Yoshikawa, Makoto | JAXA | Asteroid Scientist

Zega, Tom | University of Arizona | Lead - Sample Science




Dante Lauretta of the University of Arizona, Tucson, is the principal investigator for OSIRIS-REx, and the University of Arizona also leads the science team and the mission’s science observation planning and data processing. NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD provides overall mission management, systems engineering and safety and mission assurance. Lockheed Martin Space in Denver built the spacecraft and is providing flight operations. Goddard and KinetX Aerospace are responsible for navigating the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft. Collaborators from institutions around the US and other countries also contribute their expertise.

OSIRIS-REx is the third mission in NASA’s New Frontiers Program. NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL manages New Frontiers for the agency’s Science Mission Directorate.

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