Dr. Cynthia Phillips is a planetary geologist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. She did undergraduate work at Harvard in astrophysics, and earned a PhD from the University of Arizona in Planetary Science, where she worked on the Galileo mission to Jupiter and its moons. An expert on image processing and planetary surface processes, Cynthia now works on the Europa Clipper mission which is currently in development to study Jupiter's icy moon Europa and its subsurface ocean. She is also part of the proposed Europa Lander mission, which would look for signs of life on Europa's surface. Outside of work, Cynthia and her partner have written a dozen books for general audiences on science and other topics, and they spend most of their time wrangling their 5 children.
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