Dream Job

“It’s important to remind ourselves that we have the most glorious jobs in the world. We are all paid to figure out how the universe began and how it evolves. We’re paid to try to figure out how the night sky, full of galaxies and stars and planets, came to be. And we’re paid to try to find life elsewhere in the universe. What could be better than that?” 

–Paul Hertz, Director of Astrophysics Division

Megan Elwood Madden

Professor of Geochemistry

Mike Malin

Chief Scientist

John Bresina

Computer Scientist

Heather Roper

Graphic Designer

Michelle Thaller


Katie McKissick

Former Science Writer

Frank Kiwy

Citizen Scientist / Senior Software Developer

Andrew "Andy" Shaner

Public Engagement Lead

Bradley Doorn

Program Manager

Abigail Fraeman

Deputy Project Scientist

Louise Prockter


Michael Staab

Mission Operations Engineer

Alice Winter


Brent Buffington


Barbara Cohen

Planetary Scientist

Sarah Milkovich

Planetary Geologist and Science Systems Engineer

Courtney Dressing

Astronomy Professor

Deborah "D.J." Johnson

Program Planning Specialist

Karen Yuen

Science Data Applications Lead

Alice Wessen

Public Engagement Manager

Casey Lisse

Instrument Scientist

Abi Rymer


Mihaly Horanyi

Principal Investigator