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Biography of Charles Tatro

Charles "Chuck" Tatro
Mission Manager
Launch Services Program

Charles "Chuck" Tatro is a mission manager with the Launch Services Program at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. He currently manages launch vehicle mission integration teams supporting the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), MAVEN and GOES R & S. His recent mission experience also includes LRO-LCROSS and Pluto-New Horizons.

He also has served as launch site integration manager (LSIM) for the Mars'98 Orbiter and Lander, Stardust, Kodiak Star, Spitzer (SIRTF), Pluto-New Horizons, and assisted in launch site planning and processing for Deep Impact and Dawn.

Before coming over to the unmanned rocket world, he was lead engineer for space shuttle orbiter thermal protection systems and Endeavour.

Chuck began his NASA career at Glenn (Lewis) Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, where he was part of the NASA team that designed the space station solar power system.

He has a B.S. from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and M.S. degrees from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Ariz., and the University of Central Florida (UCF).

August 2011

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