Michael Ravine

San Diego Comic Fest science guest Michael Ravine

Michael Ravine (front, in the middle, with glasses) and colleagues at JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory). Photo taken with a camera that since has been on the surface of Mars for the last four years.

Michael Ravine 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 on their way to the asteroid Benuu. Currently, he’s managing the development of four cameras for the upcoming Mars 2020 rover mission.

On the side, he was a producer on a feature film (NOBEL SON), worked for James Cameron on an undisclosed space project, managed payload development for an internet startup to fly a private unmanned mission to the Moon (Blastoff!), and helped found a Web company back when the internet was new.

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. As part of that life, he’s done field work in Montana, Iceland, Hawaii, Antarctica and someplace in the middle of the ocean a thousand miles south of Australia.

To see examples of images of Earth, Moon, Mars and Jupiter taken with some of the cameras Ravine has help build, visit http://www.msss.com/.