Meet the Launch Team

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NASA's Launch Services Program gives the 'go' for launch!
 
The launch team members assemble at their computers and communication consoles at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station about three to four hours before the launch of the Atlas V rocket carrying the Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft.

The NASA launch manager is the highest authority during the countdown and provides NASA's "go/no-go" decision to the mission director.

Before liftoff, the launch manager checks with the launch team to make sure all the criteria are met and that the payload and rocket are ready to go.

Omar Baez, NASA Launch Manager Omar Baez, NASA Launch Manager (NLM)
The launch manager ensures that the countdown and launch decision processes are properly followed. The launch manager polls the launch team before passing along a "go/no-go" decision to the mission director.
 
James Wood, Senior Chief Engineer James Wood, NASA Chief Engineer (NASA CE)
The chief engineer is responsible for advising the launch manager of the launch vehicle's engineering and analysis status for launch.
 
Wanda Harding, Mission Manager Wanda Harding, Mission Manager (NASA MM)
The mission manager assesses the launch service and spacecraft readiness ahead of launch.
 
Launch Control Center Rick Boutin, Safety and Mission Assurance Manager (SMA)
The Safety and Mission Assurance Manager monitors NASA safety and mission assurance requirements during the launch countdown. The SMA also makes sure the countdown is conducted properly and serves as the integrator of the launch vehicle.
 
Pete Theisinger, Spacecraft Mission Director Pete Theisinger, Spacecraft Mission Director (SMD)
The spacecraft mission manager provides the overall assessment of the spacecraft and its readiness to launch.
 
Joe Lackovich, NASA Advisory Manager Joe Lackovich, NASA Advisory Manager (NAM)
The advisory manager provides consultation for assessing the launch process and countdown.
 
 
NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center