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Jason Poffenberger
 
Jason Poffenberger

Jason Poffenberger is an engineer and an Education and Public Outreach Officer for NEEMO 14.

My name is Jason Poffenberger. I’m an engineer working for the Constellation Program’s Lunar Surface Systems Project Office. My roles for the NEEMO 14 mission will include data collection and support diver activities. I grew up in Houston Texas, right down the road from the Johnson Space Center. I got my undergraduate degree from the University of Houston and I only have 2 classes left for my Masters degree from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

I study photography, human factors, habitation/ life support systems, spacecraft design, and space operations. My specific objectives for this NEEMO mission are to gain familiarization with NEEMO mission planning/ operations, and to gather data related to Lander deck offloading, and crew rescue activities on the surface of the Moon or Mars.

I’m a Navy combat aircrew veteran with 8 years of service. I hunted submarines aboard the P-3 Orion anti-submarine aircraft. I was flying with a friend of mine when he suggested that I submit a resume to a company that manufactures and tests EVA space suits. I was hired by that company in 1995. I was a space suit engineer for 11 years before I went to work for the Constellation Program. It feels good to do work that helps the entire planet.