Press Release

NASA Appoints Constellation Program Managers

By SpaceRef Editor
November 2, 2005
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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.

SpaceRef staff editor.