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Meet: Marc Reagan

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Space Station Training Lead
Johnson Space Center

Who I am and What I Do

My name is Marc Reagan, and I am a station training lead at NASA Johnson Space Center. I lead a team of instructors who together are responsible for developing and executing complex simulations (or practices) for International Space Station (ISS) assembly and operations.

I was responsible for the crew and flight controller training for the second ISS assembly mission (the 100th shuttle flight), was in charge of training the 4th Expedition Crew to the ISS, and am currently leading the training for the 8th ISS crew. I have been extensively involved in negotiations and development of training with the Russian Space Agency in support of the ISS, as well as the Japanese and European Space Agencies. I am fairly proficient in the Russian language as well.

The other primary part of my job is assisting on project management for the NASA Undersea Research Team "NEEMO" (NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations). I generally support these missions from the surface as part of the core "Surface Support Team." I trained as a backup for the first NEEMO mission in October 2001, and will be one of the aquanauts for this NEEMO 2 mission.

I have a B.S. degree in aerospace engineering from Texas A&M University, where I graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1989. I received an M.S. degree in aerospace engineering sciences, on a NASA fellowship, at the University of Colorado in 1993.


I grew up in Hobbs, New Mexico, and have long been fascinated with the exploration of the sea and space. I remember seeing one of the early moonwalks when I was just a child on TV, and knew that I wanted to be part of that someday.

I am a certified PADI diver with Enriched Air, Advanced, and Rescue Diver certifications. I am also an instrument rated pilot with complex, tailwheel and aerobatic endorsements.

My hobbies include soccer, water and snow skiing, scuba diving, and music. I play the keyboard and sing in a rock 'n roll band made up of colleagues I work with called (what else?) the "Rockit Scientists", and also play the keyboard at my church. My wife Jennifer, and son Kyle reside in League City, Texas.

I probably have the best job in the world -- I get to travel frequently; I am surrounded daily with interesting, talented, and dedicated people; and I get to come home each day knowing I've contributed to making the world a better place through my part in supporting NASA's work in space, and NOAA's work in the seas.

I am excited about the opportunity to be a part of this 2nd NEEMO mission - this is such a rare and unique opportunity. To work and live in the sea for nine days will be the fulfillment of a dream for me. I really look forward to capturing the sights, my impressions and thoughts, and the wonder of it all in my journal daily for you to read. I feel a responsibility to allow you to experience the magnificence of the undersea world through my eyes.

Some of you reading this will have the opportunity to choose a career that will allow you to have an opportunity like this yourself. If so, I encourage you to keep focused on those dreams. Someone will still be doing these things when you grow up - there's no reason it can't be you!

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