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Europa Clipper Sunrise

Presentation #320.07 in the session Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility in Planetary Science (Oral Presentation)

Published onOct 23, 2023
Europa Clipper Sunrise

Europa Clipper is NASA’s pathbreaking flagship mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa that will launch in October 2024. From the start of the mission (Phase A) to the current planned end of the prime mission (end of Phase E), Europa Clipper will span about two decades. With a mission that spans such a large timespan, it is imperative that the “next generation” of scientists are included and well-incorporated into the science team. Thus, as part of Europa Clipper’s inclusion efforts, a grassroots early career group formed called Clipper Sunrise. The Sunrise group aims to support fellow early career Europa Clipper Affiliates (including graduate students and postdocs) and Team Members. Anyone who identifies with being in a “sunrise” state of their career is welcome to join for as long as they are affiliated with the team. Currently, the Sunrise group consists of ~25 active members. The Clipper Sunrise group holds monthly meetings that range in topics from casual chats on team-related issues to formal feedback meetings with project leadership. Monthly Sunrise meetings have also included time for introducing new members to different aspects of the Europa Clipper team, discussion on new areas to get involved with the mission, opportunities for the members to present their recent scientific work, and discussion with mid-career science team members on work-life balance. While the Sunrise group mostly acts as a support network for its members, it also serves as a mechanism for feedback to the Project and science team as a whole. The current goal of the Clipper Sunrise group is to advocate for the presence of on-ramps and off-ramps from the Clipper science team to ensure the science team is not stagnant over the decades and responsive to its stated goal for bringing up the next generation of scientists. At every Project Science Group meeting (about every 8 months to 1 year), the Clipper Sunrise group meets in person and holds a social for its members to further engage with one another and discuss how to continue to evolve the Clipper Sunrise group to make it as effective and beneficial as possible for members.

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