NASA Appoints Constellation Program Managers

Press Release From: NASA HQ
Posted: Wednesday, November 2, 2005

Jeffrey Hanley has been appointed manager of NASA's Constellation Program. He will lead development of the nation's new spacecraft and launch system, which as part of the Vision for Space Exploration will take astronauts to the moon, Mars and beyond. Mark Geyer was appointed as deputy program manager.

The Constellation Program will be based at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. All of NASA's 10 field centers have program roles and responsibilities. The program will develop launch and transfer vehicles, landers and other systems. Initial missions will launch early in the next decade.

Hanley was chief of Johnson's flight director's office since January 2005. Prior to that assignment, he was a flight director for space shuttle and international space station missions since 1996. He began his career with NASA in 1989 in the payload operations branch of Johnson's Mission Operations Directorate. He was a payload officer in mission control for 13 shuttle missions, including the first to service the Hubble Space Telescope.

A native of Springfield, Ill., Hanley also served as flight director for two Hubble servicing missions. He was the lead flight director for the first six-month expedition to the space station. He served as space station deputy chief flight director for two years before he was promoted to chief of the flight director office.

Hanley graduated from the University of Houston with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. He received a master's of science in natural and applied sciences from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.

Geyer most recently served as manager of System Engineering and Integration for the Development Program Division of the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

He earned a bachelor's in engineering and a master's in aeronautics and astronautics from Purdue University. Prior to joining Johnson in 1990 as a systems engineer supporting the lunar and Mars exploration office, Geyer worked at Lockheed Missiles and Space Corp. in Sunnyvale, Calif. Geyer began his NASA career in the new initiatives office working on the Mars rover sample return project and later the assured crew return vehicle.

In 1994, Geyer joined the space station program office, and he served as the Increment 0 lead for the space station from late 1998 until April 2000. He served as manager of the program integration office for space station, and in June 2004, he was named manager of operations integration.

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