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Aseel Anabtawi

Trailblazer in Space Exploration

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Date of Birth:



Tulkarm, Palestine

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

Pioneering contributions to space science and engineering

Brief bio

Aseel Anabtawi is a distinguished Palestinian-American space scientist and electrical engineer. With a career spanning over three decades at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Anabtawi has played a crucial role in several landmark space missions. Her expertise and leadership have significantly advanced our understanding of the cosmos.

Major Milestones


  • Earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from California State University, Fullerton, by 1992.

  • Completed a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering at the University of Southern California by 1996.

  • Joined Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in 1992, embarking on a career that would span over three decades.

  • Received the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal in 2007, acknowledging her outstanding contributions to space missions.

  • Awarded the NASA Exceptional Service Medal in 2015, recognizing her sustained excellence in space science and engineering endeavors...See More

  • Integral Role in the Mars Global Surveyor Mission: Contributed to the success of one of NASA's flagship missions to Mars, enhancing our understanding of the Martian atmosphere and surface.

  • Leadership in the Galileo Mission: Played a key role in the Galileo mission to Jupiter, which significantly advanced our knowledge of the giant planet and its moons.

  • Contributions to the Cassini−Huygens Mission: Her work on the Cassini−Huygens mission to Saturn has been instrumental in revealing the complexities of the Saturnian system...See More

  • Development of Communication Strategies for Space Missions: As the Communications Planning Lead for the Mars Science Laboratory, she has ensured effective communication between space missions and Earth...See More

  • Mentorship and Leadership within IEEE: As a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Anabtawi has contributed to the growth and development of the next generation of engineers and scientists.

Date of Last Update: 
April 9, 2024

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