Going to work in Mission Control at NASA!!

In February, I start a job at NASA’s Johnson Space Center eventually working in mission control supporting the International Space Station (ISS).

I think you all know that space exploration and the vision of humanity going into the rest of the solar system and beyond excites me. You have surely seen the monthly North Houston Space Society meetings that I help put on. Or maybe you participated in my Countdown to the Moon project. Or maybe you saw one of the many of my space related posts.

Now, I am no longer just talking, posting, and dreaming, but actually taking steps to do something professionally space related.

This is a complete career change for me.

For the past 25 years, I have worked in the computer industry. I started out at Neosoft doing tech support for dialup internet customers, worked at T1 Design creating internet applications for Compaq, at HP working on their online store and sales planning applications, and the last 7 years at Anaplan in various roles, including as a manager.

The job I will be doing at NASA is an entry level job which most people get right out of college. I figure it is a great place to start for something completely new and different. It involves 1 to 2 years of training and testing, and then I will be working on the SPARTAN team in mission control responsible for station power and the external thermal control systems.

Over the course of the next few years, I will be developing a much deeper and real-world view of space operations. My absolute dream would be to work on the Artemis program and to be in mission control the next time we have people walking on the moon.

I look forward to sharing my journey with you.

I hope that by taking this small step, that it might be a giant leap in helping to encourage you and others to pursue any dreams that you want to do.

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