The Higher Orbits Mission

Higher Orbits is a non-profit with the mission to inspire and engage high-school students through the use of spaceflight, in hands-on, project based learning experiences that are designed to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) and prepare them for future academic and career success by building confidence, perseverance, teamwork, leadership, critical thinking, creativity, and communication skills.

The Higher Orbits Team

Michelle Lucas

Founder & President of Higher Orbits

Michelle spent 10 years working at NASA primarily in International Space Station (ISS) Flight Control Operations Planning and as an Astronaut Instructor in the Daily Operations Group. Her passion for inspiring students led to extensive work with other organizations in STEM outreach. She then decided to form Higher Orbits to continue to work to inspire students about the wonders of STEM through spaceflight.

Board of Directors

Jason Artner
Jason Artner studied Applied Computer Science at Illinois State University prior to accepting a position at the Scot Forge Company. Over the past thirty years he has worked in Operations, Process Engineering an[...]
Jason Artner studied Applied Computer Science at Illinois State University prior to accepting a position at the Scot Forge Company. Over the past thirty years he has worked in Operations, Process Engineering and Sales roles at the company. Jason is a former Chairman of the Forging Industry Association Marketing Committee. He has served as the Director of Aerospace Business Development for the past ten years. Scot Forge manufactures forged components for every major launch platform in America.
Sandra L Kearney
Sandra Kearney is the CEO of e426.org a boutique, think tank. She is a futurist with more than 30 years of experience in strategy, transformation, technology, financials and operations. Her work includes alt[...]
Sandra Kearney is the CEO of e426.org a boutique, think tank. She is a futurist with more than 30 years of experience in strategy, transformation, technology, financials and operations. Her work includes alternative futures scenarios for major corporations, entertainment and government entities; where she helps find value in operations, business execution and transformation. She uses her innovative design abilities and extraordinary thinking to help others understand how they can pursue and implement emerging and leading-edge technology and fulfill their “TO-BE” state efforts. She is a subject matter expert in the field of aviation, drone operations, supply chain/logistics systems, transformation and computer science. Sandy is an IBM “level 6” certified consultant and an active commercial drone and licensed heavy aircraft pilot. In her spare time, Sandy serves on the Higher Orbits, Board of Directors and is a volunteer at the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter and her towns Financial Committee.
Wendy Niemann
Wendy is Founder and CEO of Whispers Echo LLC, a marketing consulting firm headquartered in the Greater Philadelphia area specializing in branding, marketing, communications and client engagement strategies for[...]
Wendy is Founder and CEO of Whispers Echo LLC, a marketing consulting firm headquartered in the Greater Philadelphia area specializing in branding, marketing, communications and client engagement strategies for non-profits, start-ups and small to medium businesses throughout the United States. Wendy is deeply passionate about communicating complex programming in clear and concise ways to amplify brand recognition and connect growing organizations with large corporate partners. With more than a decade of experience leading and supporting brand awareness, client engagement and development strategies for aerospace and STEAM education organizations, she gets fantastically excited about building marketing/partner engagement strategies, developing marketing resources, managing campaigns, event management and customer journey mapping. Her background includes establishing and managing partnerships with Disney, Ford Motor Company, Oracle Academy, NASA, Google Apps for Education, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and other high-profile organizations.
Francis French
Francis French has over twenty years of global STEM education experience, primarily in informal learning situations such as science centers and museums. He is the former Director of Education for Sally Ride Sci[...]
Francis French has over twenty years of global STEM education experience, primarily in informal learning situations such as science centers and museums. He is the former Director of Education for Sally Ride Science, working directly for America's first woman in space to encourage middle school girls to explore STEM careers. He also served for over a decade as the Director of Education for the San Diego Air & Space Museum, creating innovative STEM programming for all ages. He is a bestselling space historian in the field of human space flight.
Jon Hutman
Jon Hutman has 15 years of experience as an educator in traditional public and charter school settings ranging from elementary, middle, and high school levels. After completing both a Bachelor of Science and Ma[...]
Jon Hutman has 15 years of experience as an educator in traditional public and charter school settings ranging from elementary, middle, and high school levels. After completing both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Education at Wright State University, Mr. Hutman began his teaching career in Ohio, before moving to Phoenix in 2006. His first teaching opportunity in Arizona was at the Kyrene School District, where he spent seven year teaching science classes. During this time, Mr. Hutman was recognized as the KSD Teacher of the Year in 2011. Additionally, Mr. Hutman was named the Inspirational Teacher of the Year in 2012 by the Tempe Diablos, after which point he transitioned into the state of Arizona’s top performing charter school network. From 2016 on, Mr. Hutman has served as the Director of Academic Programs and Head of School at a fast growing K – 12 school. This experience has provided Mr. Hutman the opportunity to find his true passion as a leader. Mr. Hutman has a deep passion for fostering growth in both student and teacher development. Equally as important is building a strong community and culture that celebrates diversity, embraces differences, and cultivates creativity. As the Principal, Mr. Hutman understands the responsibility of leading this community with the focus to continue the established positive trajectory as well as cherish and celebrate the tradition of the past. Mr. Hutman’s primary goal is to support the teachers of Benjamin Franklin High School and provide them with the tools they need to continue to be successful, which in turn will give the children the best possible opportunity to grow and prosper. He is energized and deeply committed to making a positive impact in the lives of children. Mr. Hutman has a deep passion for space exploration and he serves as a member of several NASA backed organizations. He has been a Solar System Ambassador Master Teacher since 2012, an OSIRIS-REx Ambassador, and is a member of the board of directors for Higher Orbits, a non-profit with the mission of promoting STEM through the use of spaceflight.
Tom Stugmyer
A Wadsworth City Councilman at Large since 2016, Tom chairs the Economic Development committee for the City of Wadsworth, along with serving on Ways and Means, and Center for Older Adults. He holds a Bachelor[...]
A Wadsworth City Councilman at Large since 2016, Tom chairs the Economic Development committee for the City of Wadsworth, along with serving on Ways and Means, and Center for Older Adults. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics/Astronomy & Mathematics from the University of Mount Union & has been a resident of Wadsworth for over 39 years. Tom serves on the board of directors of the Wadsworth Area Chamber of Commerce, & the Wadsworth Salvation Army. He also served as interim Executive Director for Main Street Wadsworth and continues to serve that organization as the President of the board of directors as well as economic development or the organization. He is involved with Wadsworth Community Radio as an on air personality along with remote broadcasts, on air production, sports broadcasting, as well as all studio engineering. He is President of the Wadsworth Lions, Wadsworth Grizzly Community Foundation. Tom also serves on the Board of Directors for The Village of St Edward Senior Community in Wadsworth along with many other community organizations throughout Wadsworth & Medina county. Tom is also a photographer, videographer, & graphic designer in the NE Ohio area.
Gregory H. Johnson
Greg H. Johnson a decorated fighter pilot, test pilot and Astronaut, flew as the Pilot of STS-123 (delivering the first part of the Japanese module Kibo to the International Space Station) and STS-134 (the fina[...]
Greg H. Johnson a decorated fighter pilot, test pilot and Astronaut, flew as the Pilot of STS-123 (delivering the first part of the Japanese module Kibo to the International Space Station) and STS-134 (the final flight of Endeavour) and has completed nearly 500 orbits of Earth. Former President and Executive Director of the Center for Advancement of Science in Space, Johnson is vey familiar with science aboard the International Space Station. He is a huge advocate of STEM for students and is excited to be part of the Go For Launch! team.
Paul Colosky
Paul Colosky Jr is an entrepreneur in the physical therapy, wellness, and fitness industries, and is the owner of Valeo Human Performance, LLC in Houston, TX. His experience in exercise science, athletic traini[...]
Paul Colosky Jr is an entrepreneur in the physical therapy, wellness, and fitness industries, and is the owner of Valeo Human Performance, LLC in Houston, TX. His experience in exercise science, athletic training, and microgravity research and parabolic flight resulted in NASA funding to develop and patent the award-winning Constant Force Resistive Exercise Unit (CFREU), for use in maintaining bone and muscle health in space. He is currently active in treating clients and mentoring students at Valeo Physical Therapy, the clinic he’s owned since 2007, where he uses advanced, non-traditional treatment techniques such as cold laser therapy and whole body cryotherapy in his daily practice across all populations. Paul readily accepts professional challenges as a means to learn and grow, believes in seeking alternative methods to problem-solving, and asserts that if you’re not doing what you love, you need to try something different!
Dr. Gary Morris
Gary has been a space geek since watching Neil Armstrong walk on the moon on his birthday! He earned his A.B. degrees in math and physics at Washington University in St. Louis before pursing his Ph.D. in Space[...]
Gary has been a space geek since watching Neil Armstrong walk on the moon on his birthday! He earned his A.B. degrees in math and physics at Washington University in St. Louis before pursing his Ph.D. in Space Physics & Astronomy at Rice University (where Kennedy first announced plans to land a human being on the moon). From there, he pursued a post-doctoral fellowship at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in suburban Washington — fulfilling a dream to “work for NASA one day." His research involves using weather balloons (which fly to altitudes of 100,000 feet — the edge of space) to measure atmospheric ozone — an important trace gas that protects us from ultraviolet radiation from the Sun, but when at ground level, leads to poor air quality. He currently serves at Dean of Natural Sciences and Professor of Physics at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas.
Christina Tyler Wenks
Christina Tyler Wenks is an adjunct professor of journalism and public relations at George Mason University. The writer and editor has diverse media experience, including the Executive Office of the President a[...]
Christina Tyler Wenks is an adjunct professor of journalism and public relations at George Mason University. The writer and editor has diverse media experience, including the Executive Office of the President at the White House and the Library of Congress Public Affairs Office. Prior to Capitol Hill, Wenks was a television news reporter, anchor, videographer, and editor. Her work has been featured on NBC, ABC, CNN, and MTV. She was a newspaper copy editor, maintained website content, and wrote and produced radio news. Her favorite stories are told through people and often require getting dirty. Throughout her career, Wenks has worked to encourage and mentor student writers, encouraged STEAM education, and volunteered in her community.

Advisory Board Members

Caroline Wenks
Caroline Wenks is a high school junior with an intense passion for space and engineering. Growing up, she moved around a lot in an Air Force family, so looking to the sky has always taken her interest. In addit[...]
Caroline Wenks is a high school junior with an intense passion for space and engineering. Growing up, she moved around a lot in an Air Force family, so looking to the sky has always taken her interest. In addition to her passion for science, she loves writing and writes for her school’s newspaper. She has participated in two Go For Launch! opportunities and represented Higher Orbits in Australia at the 2019 International Science School at the University of Sydney, as well as attending an annual Women in Aerospace meeting in Washington, DC. After high school, she hopes to pursue astronomy and astrophysics at Embry Riddle’s Daytona campus or UC Boulder.
Michelle Rouch
Michelle Rouch offers 30 years of system engineering experience with the Department of Defense, dominating in overseeing major weapons acquisitions with Missile Defense Agency, U.S. Navy, Air Force and the Army[...]
Michelle Rouch offers 30 years of system engineering experience with the Department of Defense, dominating in overseeing major weapons acquisitions with Missile Defense Agency, U.S. Navy, Air Force and the Army. Rouch serves as a technical advisor in generating timely information to the customer, quantifying the impact to cost, schedule, resources, risk, scope and technical performance. She possesses a strong technical background in program management balanced with systems engineering activities from Risk Reduction, Engineering & Manufacturing Development (EMD), Transition to Production, Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP), to Full Rate Production (FRP) phases. Rouch is also a self-taught artist with over 37 years of experience. But her passion since 2002 is giving back to the community, especially working with kids using art as a vehicle to communicate Science and Engineering.
Tayver Wilson
Hello! My name is Tayver Wilson. I am a student at Arizona State University studying Aerospace Engineering focused in Astronautics. I am also enrolled in the Air Force ROTC program and am a proud member of Deta[...]
Hello! My name is Tayver Wilson. I am a student at Arizona State University studying Aerospace Engineering focused in Astronautics. I am also enrolled in the Air Force ROTC program and am a proud member of Detachment 025. I plan on joining the Air Force after graduation as a pilot. I have participated in three Go For Launch events all of which at Mesquite High School in Gilbert, Arizona.
James Mitchell Harris, PhD
Mr. Harris is the parent of a prior Higher Orbits Go For Launch participant. He witnessed how the program significantly influenced his child's interests and academic path, and wants to help make sure other youn[...]
Mr. Harris is the parent of a prior Higher Orbits Go For Launch participant. He witnessed how the program significantly influenced his child's interests and academic path, and wants to help make sure other young adults have the opportunity to experience it. Mitch is currently the Director of Research and Statistics at the Children's Hospital Association (CHA) where he executes and oversees research and analytic projects, primarily focused on pediatric health policy and quality measurement. In addition, he serves as an expert to Association staff and member hospitals providing methodological and analytic leadership. Before coming to work for CHA, Mitch worked in the quality improvement and utilization review departments of two academic health systems. He received a Master of Science degree in Epidemiology from the University of Virginia, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Health Services Organization and Research from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Faith Bergin
Faith is an honors physics student at Purdue University and a former Go for Launch competitor. She has loved all things space ever since she was a kid and hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in astroparticle physics. She[...]
Faith is an honors physics student at Purdue University and a former Go for Launch competitor. She has loved all things space ever since she was a kid and hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in astroparticle physics. She is passionate about sharing her love of space and science with others and educating kids across the country. She hails from Castle Rock, Colorado and in her free time is an active member of the Purdue Ballroom and Latin Dance Team.
Jermaine Fuller
Jermaine Fuller is happily married to his awesome wife Patera Foye-Fuller and father of their two amazing kids, Jamison R. Fuller and Lily C. Fuller. Also, he is a proud adopted father to his black Labrador Ret[...]
Jermaine Fuller is happily married to his awesome wife Patera Foye-Fuller and father of their two amazing kids, Jamison R. Fuller and Lily C. Fuller. Also, he is a proud adopted father to his black Labrador Retriever Maya-Noir. He is a graduate of NC A&T State University with a BS in Animal Science and a MS in Animal Health (Microbiology). His career path encompasses working at Duke University in an Infectious Disease Diagnostic Lab, The University of NC at Chapel Hill in Dental Research assisting with pre-clinical trials involving finding associations with periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease. Currently he is employed with IQVIA Inc where he works in Regulatory and Start Up under the Site ID Dept. Jermaine is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys reading biographies and the occasional Netflix binge. His son Jamison was afforded the opportunity to participate in a Go For Launch series in the spring of 2018. This experience was beneficial to his son in helping him find his field of interest in engineering, but it was as equally beneficial to Jermaine as it sparked his interest of wanting to help other youth within this program realize their celestial dreams.
Whitney Zatzkin
Whitney Bowman-Zatzkin, MPA, MSR, is a passionate community architect obsessed with connecting the dots across communities to provoke change for the greater good. She is the CEO of Rare Dots, Inc. through wh[...]
Whitney Bowman-Zatzkin, MPA, MSR, is a passionate community architect obsessed with connecting the dots across communities to provoke change for the greater good. She is the CEO of Rare Dots, Inc. through which she dedicates energy to Adoption Share and Kaiser Permanente’s Transformation Accelerator as well as roles as the strategic lead for community, communications, facilitation, and events including Project Baseline, Measure What Matters, and the National Quality Forum. She serves as the chair of a charitable pharmacy in Northern Virginia. Whitney started in healthcare 18 years ago as the manager of a clinical practice, launching its EHR, redesigning the obstetrics patient record, and engaging in state-level advocacy efforts around maternal-infant health and malpractice reform. Moving to DC, she collaborated with policy leaders and advocates to conduct research and enact policy changes around health professions education and health workforce team design. In the past, she has served as the Managing Director of Flip the Clinic, a project of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Co-PI for Scouting Health, an investigative horizon-hunting effort partnered with Westat. She also led the Great Challenges at TEDMED, producing more than 50 broadcasts on the toughest conversations in health care and expanding the online community to more than 300,000 people and supported the launch and formation of the Digital Therapeutics Alliance. A proud alumni of the space and aviation programs, she was a founding member of the Space Camp Alumni Association Board. Additional projects featuring her work include VitalCrowd, CPESN, Access our Medicine - a project of Mindset Foundation, and Script your Future, a grassroots medication adherence project, where she was commended by the U.S. Surgeon General and multiple Members of Congress. Whitney has a Master of Public Administration and a Master of Survey Research from the University of Connecticut, her research on health insurance models and policies was awarded Best Capstone and her current research is regularly published. Driven to see music in every classroom, Whitney serves on the Associates Board at the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts. Recognizing the spark of curiosity created from her own early exposure to STEM and the sciences, she serves on the Advisory Board of Higher Orbits.
Ryan Keltner
Ryan Keltner is a sophomore at Deerfield High School (DHS) in Deerfield, Illinois. He is an aeronautics and space enthusiast and a 3-time participant (2016, 2018, 2019) in the Go For Launch! Program with Higher[...]
Ryan Keltner is a sophomore at Deerfield High School (DHS) in Deerfield, Illinois. He is an aeronautics and space enthusiast and a 3-time participant (2016, 2018, 2019) in the Go For Launch! Program with Higher Orbits. He was also a participant in the NASA/Kennedy Space Center Team Curiosity camp in Cape Canaveral, Florida in 2018 where he especially enjoyed the Mars rover simulator and anti-gravity simulator, which mimicked a spacewalk on the International Space Station. He is a member of the Deerfield Aero-Space Association (DASA) model rocketry and radio controlled airplane club, the DHS Science Club and is a builder and pilot of model rockets, drones and airplanes. Ryan is a competitive golfer on the DHS golf team, a black belt in taekwondo and enjoys downhill and water skiing, fishing, video games, and collecting fossils and artifacts from prehistoric times. He is most proud of being a two-time winner of the Glencoe (Illinois) Park District cardboard boat regatta competition in Lake Michigan where he designed, built and sailed winning boats, which were featured on the cover of the local newspaper. Ryan is thrilled to be on the Higher Orbits Foundation Advisory Board to help a program that is out of this world!
Madelyn Heaston
My name is Madelyn Heaston and I am a homeschooled sophomore in high school. My family and I live in near Seattle, WA. As long as I can remember, I have loved science! This last year I have had the opportuni[...]
My name is Madelyn Heaston and I am a homeschooled sophomore in high school. My family and I live in near Seattle, WA. As long as I can remember, I have loved science! This last year I have had the opportunity to be involved with Higher Orbits on the Northern Lights winning team, where our STEAM project was launched into space on a Blue Origin rocket. I am also the 2019-2020 EngineerGirl Ambassador for Seattle, bringing STEAM workshops to local family homeless shelters as well as a school in Mexico. My desire is to provide other students with inspiring and encouraging opportunities.
Kati Spaniak
Kati Spaniak is a mom, a wife and a real estate agent on the North Shore of Chicago. She is passionate about all of us finding our passion in life and becoming the best that we can be. To that end, she introduc[...]
Kati Spaniak is a mom, a wife and a real estate agent on the North Shore of Chicago. She is passionate about all of us finding our passion in life and becoming the best that we can be. To that end, she introduced Higher Orbits to her own daughter, and it has changed the trajectory of her daughter's life. Kati has become a raving fan of Higher Orbits and wants to support all families and children like her own... the ones who are trying to find their places in life and trying to explore their passion in order to be the best they can be.
Kate McKinney
Kate McKinney is a student at the College of William and Mary in Virginia, where she’s working towards degrees in neuroscience and applied physiology. A former CubeLab biological systems intern at Lexington-b[...]
Kate McKinney is a student at the College of William and Mary in Virginia, where she’s working towards degrees in neuroscience and applied physiology. A former CubeLab biological systems intern at Lexington-based payload company Space Tango, Kate has a passion for all things space - including STEM & space education. A former Go For Launch! participant herself, she has worked with organizations across the U.S. to bring science to students of all ages, even starting up the only 501c(3) in the U.S. run entirely by students in 2015. Since then, she’s had the opportunity to join and represent many amazing organizations, including the Mars Generation, the Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative, and many other local groups. Kate spends most of her time not in school doing research, where she focuses on cellular biochemistry and neurobiology related to exercise - hoping that this information may one day used to help astronauts on long-duration space missions.
Casey Kelby
Casey Kelby is a Thermal Engineer and Business Developer at Aerothreads Inc. doing everything from proposal writing, social media and marketing multi-layer insulation (MLI). She graduated from Virginia Tech wit[...]
Casey Kelby is a Thermal Engineer and Business Developer at Aerothreads Inc. doing everything from proposal writing, social media and marketing multi-layer insulation (MLI). She graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering with minors in mathematics and astronomy. She supports organizations like the AIAA, SEDS, and Alpha Gamma Delta. Casey is known as “Spacecase” around the office and among friends due to her vocal support of STEM and love for all things aerospace.
Katie Kubitskey
Katie Kubitskey is a Louisville native and owner of a boutique travel planning company, My World Travel. Additionally, she currently works in Marketing and PR for Louisville Tourism. Prior to these career ven[...]
Katie Kubitskey is a Louisville native and owner of a boutique travel planning company, My World Travel. Additionally, she currently works in Marketing and PR for Louisville Tourism. Prior to these career ventures, she obtained a Masters Degree in Religion & Politics and worked in the hospitality world for many many years. In her free time, she enjoys exploring every corner of the globe, cooking and owning too many cats.
Mark Jordan
Mark Jordan teaches Aerospace Engineering at Mesquite High School in Gilbert, Arizona. His love of space and aerospace engineering can be traced back to his childhood where he grew up on a farm at the end of [...]
Mark Jordan teaches Aerospace Engineering at Mesquite High School in Gilbert, Arizona. His love of space and aerospace engineering can be traced back to his childhood where he grew up on a farm at the end of the runway at Luke Air Force base. This year Mark is celebrating his 19th year as a proud public educator.
Jennifer Cheesman
Jennifer Cheesman has completed 23 years of classroom teaching while spending summers absorbing new ideas for her classroom. Ms. Cheesman sponsors Student Council as well as a chairman for her schools’ annu[...]
Jennifer Cheesman has completed 23 years of classroom teaching while spending summers absorbing new ideas for her classroom. Ms. Cheesman sponsors Student Council as well as a chairman for her schools’ annual STEM night which draws over 600 students, parents and community members. She has a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Bilingual Multicultural Education. She has lived in New York, Puerto Rico and now makes her home in Phoenix, Arizona. She spent three summers as an educator crew trainer at the US Space and Rocket Center training educators in STEM education from all over the world. She has served as the summer camp manager at the Arizona Challenger Space Center. Recently, Jennifer has worked as a professional development instructional assistant for NASA Johnson Space Center. In October 2017, Ms. Cheesman completed her Masters degree in Education specializing in Curriculum and Instruction. During SEEC 2018, she was presented with the Cheri Brinley Outstanding Educator Award by Space Center Houston. She was awarded the Frank Luke Aerospace Teacher of the Year and the Arizona Elementary Aerospace Teacher of the Year in April 2018. Her goal is to break down the walls of science so her students see that science happens all around them.
Meredith Loew
Meredith graduated from Virginia Tech before moving to San Diego to pursue a career in the aerospace industry. She has had a passion for space since she went to Space Camp on a field trip in the 6th grade, and[...]
Meredith graduated from Virginia Tech before moving to San Diego to pursue a career in the aerospace industry. She has had a passion for space since she went to Space Camp on a field trip in the 6th grade, and loves sharing her interest in space with others. She hopes to one day train the next generation of astronauts and looks forward to getting more students engaged in learning about space. She currently is getting her masters degree in astronautical engineering and teaching middle school math and science.
Larry Bryant
Following ten years of tracking satellites in the Air Force Satellite Control Facility and National Reconnaissance Office, Larry moved on to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Developing and implementi[...]
Following ten years of tracking satellites in the Air Force Satellite Control Facility and National Reconnaissance Office, Larry moved on to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Developing and implementing a structured systems training program for the Mission Operations System teams of JPL’s flight projects occupied his time for his first 23 years at JPL. Larry spent the last 10+ years as Mission Operations Assurance Manager on Phoenix, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Mars Exploration Rovers, NEOWISE, Juno, and Grace Follow- On flight projects at JPL.
Vincent Vazzo
Vincent spent the final years of the Space Shuttle program working for United Space Alliance (USA) as part of the Engineering Photographic Analysis Team at the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC). Vincent helpe[...]
Vincent spent the final years of the Space Shuttle program working for United Space Alliance (USA) as part of the Engineering Photographic Analysis Team at the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC). Vincent helped with the post-launch analysis of Shuttle film and video as well as software development to aid the workflow involved in analyzing launch footage for potential issues and anomalies. Today he is back at MSFC working on software with Optical Sciences Corporation (OSC) to help NASA analyze and organize data from rocket engine tests.
Tim Gagnon
A life long artist, Tim is the former Director of the Young Astronaut Program at Divine Mercy Catholic School in Merritt Island, FL. Since designing the emblem for the Expedition 11 mission to the ISS in 2004, [...]
A life long artist, Tim is the former Director of the Young Astronaut Program at Divine Mercy Catholic School in Merritt Island, FL. Since designing the emblem for the Expedition 11 mission to the ISS in 2004, Tim has contributed artwork to over a dozen NASA mission patches.
Jayme Sliger
Jayme’s background includes working with children through their formative years, from daycare to high school. Jayme has always been an avid enthusiast of the space program. She joined the NASA S&MA qualit[...]
Jayme’s background includes working with children through their formative years, from daycare to high school. Jayme has always been an avid enthusiast of the space program. She joined the NASA S&MA quality team at Johnson Space Center in 2008. Her principal task has been quality control in the Crew and Thermal Systems Division. She is currently working on her certification to sit console during testing of the viability of the suits in space.
Wendy Lawrence
Captain Wendy Lawrence is a retired naval aviator and NASA astronaut. As a helicopter pilot, she made several shipboard deployments to the North Atlantic, Indian Ocean and Kenya. After earning a master’s degr[...]
Captain Wendy Lawrence is a retired naval aviator and NASA astronaut. As a helicopter pilot, she made several shipboard deployments to the North Atlantic, Indian Ocean and Kenya. After earning a master’s degree in ocean engineering from MIT and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), Lawrence was selected as an astronaut in 1992 and worked at NASA for 14 years. A veteran of four shuttle missions (STS-67, 86, 91 and 114), she has logged over 50 days in space. Currently, she works part-time at Space Camp and the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, informing the public about NASA’s spaceflight programs and participating in STEM education programs.
Donald Thomas, PH.D.
Selected by NASA in January 1990, Dr. Thomas became an astronaut in July 1991. Dr. Thomas has served in the Safety, Operations Development, and Payloads Branches of the Astronaut Office. He was CAPCOM (spacecra[...]
Selected by NASA in January 1990, Dr. Thomas became an astronaut in July 1991. Dr. Thomas has served in the Safety, Operations Development, and Payloads Branches of the Astronaut Office. He was CAPCOM (spacecraft communicator) for Shuttle missions STS-47, 52 and 53. From July 1999 to June 2000 he was Director of Operations for NASA at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. A veteran of four space flights, he has logged over 1,040 hours in space.
Mike Foreman
Mike Foreman brings 40 years of Federal Government service as a NASA astronaut, Naval Officer, Project Manager and Leader to the Higher Orbits Cislunar Baard. He holds multiple degrees in Engineering and is a d[...]
Mike Foreman brings 40 years of Federal Government service as a NASA astronaut, Naval Officer, Project Manager and Leader to the Higher Orbits Cislunar Baard. He holds multiple degrees in Engineering and is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School. Mike has flown more than 7,000 hours in over 50 different aircraft. Career highlights include 17 years as a NASA Astronaut. Mike flew on two NASA Space Shuttle missions where he conducted five spacewalks totaling over 32 hours outside the vehicle performing International Space Station assembly tasks.
Hoot Gibson
Robert Lee "Hoot" Gibson is a retired Captain and Naval Aviator in the United States Navy and a retired NASA astronaut as well as a professional pilot whom currently races regularly at the annual Reno Air Races[...]
Robert Lee "Hoot" Gibson is a retired Captain and Naval Aviator in the United States Navy and a retired NASA astronaut as well as a professional pilot whom currently races regularly at the annual Reno Air Races.