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Mike Ravine

Malin Space Science Systems

Michael Ravine is the Instrument Project Manager for the Mastcam-Z camera system for the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover. He is the Advanced Projects Manager at Malin Space Science Systems in San Diego, CA.  In that capacity, he managed the development of three cameras currently orbiting the Moon, three orbiting Mars, four on the surface of Mars, one orbiting Jupiter and three at the asteroid Bennu. In addition to Mastcam-Z, he managed the development of three other imaging systems on Perseverance. Currently, he is leading the development of two cameras for a mission to the largest metal asteroid, (16) Psyche, one camera to image the permanently shadowed regions at the Moon’s poles from a Korean lunar orbiter, and ten cameras for the Dragonfly Titan drone mission.  Originally trained as a scientist, Ravine has a B.S. in physics from Caltech, a Masters in geology from Brown and a Ph.D. in geophysics from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UCSD.