Mason schedules International Space Station Expedition crew
time for science operations.|
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
and maintaining the daily space station plan
Nov. 30, 2001
- A Cherokee County, Ala., native from Cedar Bluff is playing an
important role in the worldwide science operations for the International
is a member of the team that coordinates Space Station science research
from the Payload Operations Center at NASA's Marshall Space Flight
Center in Huntsville, Ala. The Payload Operations Center is the
science command post for the Space Station - the most ambitious
research endeavor ever undertaken.
As a timeline
change officer, Mason is responsible for updating and maintaining
the daily plan that is used by the crew to operate science experiments
onboard the Space Station.
day, a new plan with a day's worth of work is sent to the crew onboard
the Space Station," Mason says. "If the crew has to deviate
from this plan, then it's my responsibility to figure out how to
get things back on schedule with the least impact to the science
science activities - as well as the time and space required to accommodate
experiments and programs from a host of private, commercial, industry
and government agencies worldwide - makes the job of coordinating
Space Station research a critical one.
Operation Center provides around-the-clock science research aboard
the Space Station.
is housed in a section of the Huntsville Operations Support Center
- a historic complex that provided engineering support for Apollo,
Skylab and Space Shuttle launches, as well as Hubble Space Telescope
and Chandra X-ray Observatory operations. The complex also houses
the Spacelab Mission Operations Control Center from which more than
25 Shuttle-based science missions were controlled.
working with NASA is "something I've wanted to do since I was
in elementary school. It's awesome to think about the amazing history
of NASA and to realize that I'm now a part of that as we continue
to make history with the International Space Station."
A 1995 graduate
of Cedar Bluff High School in Cedar Bluff, Ala., Mason earned a
bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering from the University of
Alabama in Tuscaloosa in 1999. He is the son of Michael and Pat
Mason of Cedar Bluff.
and photos for this story were provided by Marshall Space Flight