Claudia Joan Alexander was a geophysicist and a planetary research scientist. She worked for the United States Geological Survey and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She served as the final project manager on the Galileo Mission to Jupiter and as the Project Scientist in the triumphant European-led Rosetta Mission to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
Alexander was born in Canada and was raised in Santa Clara, California. she was interested in writing and she hoped to be a journalist. But her parents convinced her to study engineering. While she was still in high school, Claudia got a summer internship in the engineering department at NASA’s Ames Research Center and during the Internship, planetary science attracted her more than engineering.