Dr. Moogega Cooper, Planetary Protection Lead for the Europa Lander concept, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Dr. Moogega (pronounced Moo-ji-gae) Cooper is currently the Planetary Protection Lead for the Europa Lander concept at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory having recently served as the Planetary Protection Lead of the Mars 2020 Mission. She was responsible for ensuring spacecraft compliance to cleanliness requirements, with interfacing with several entities within JPL, vendors, and NASA Headquarters. Moogega is a recipient of several awards to include the NASA Early Career Public Achievement Medal, the Charles Elachi Award for Exceptional Early Career Achievement, and JPL Voyager Awards for Technical Leadership. In addition to her work at JPL, she also enjoys public outreach, collaborating with schools, lecture series, and media organizations to spread the love of STEAM.