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John J. "Tip" Talone Jr.
Former Director
KSC Constellation Project Office

John J. "Tip" Talone Jr. was named the director of the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Constellation Project Office of the NASA Constellation Program in November 2005. His organization is responsible to the Constellation Program manager at Johnson Space Center and the KSC director for the planning and execution of the required facilities, ground systems, and prelaunch, launch and recovery operations for NASA's lunar/Mars human exploration program.

Prior to this assignment, beginning in March 1996, he was director of the International Space Station Hardware Integration Office, which became the ISS/Payloads Processing Directorate in May 2000. His organization was responsible for prelaunch and launch preparations for all space shuttle payloads, including International Space Station (ISS) assembly missions for U.S. and international partners, ISS resupply missions, ISS utilization (science) missions and all non-station shuttle mission payloads.

Talone is a graduate of Knoxville Catholic High School in Knoxville, Tenn., and a current resident of Indialantic, Fla. He earned a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn., in 1964, and the following year began his career with NASA. During his early years with NASA, he served in various operations assignments in the Saturn/Apollo lunar landing, Skylab and Apollo-Soyuz Programs. After assignment to the Space Shuttle Program in 1976, he served as launch pad manager, shuttle operations integration manager, flow director for the space shuttles Columbia, Discovery and Endeavour, and as a special assistant to the director of Kennedy Space Center. He is the recipient of numerous awards including two NASA Exceptional Service Medals, the Astronaut Corps' Silver Snoopy Award, the National Space Club's "Eagle Manned Success Award," the KSC Equal Opportunity Award, the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, Aviation Week and Space Technology's Laurel Award, The National Rotary Club's Stellar Award, the Spaceflight Awareness Leadership Award, the Presidential Rank Meritorious Executive Award twice, the Presidential Rank Distinguished Executive Award, the National Space Club Florida Committee's 2004 Dr. Kurt H. Debus Award, and several Group Achievement Awards.

In his spare time, Talone enjoys gardening, golf, fishing and snow skiing. He is single with three step-children: Audra, Phillip and Sarah Tamblyn. He is the son of the late Geraldine Johnson of Oak Ridge, Tenn., and the late John Talone Sr. of Knoxville.

Note: Talone retired January 2008.

August 2007

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