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June 21, 1999

Eileen Hawley
Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX

Tim Tyson
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL

Release: J99-21

Astronaut Jan Davis Returns to Marshall Space Flight Center

Three-time Shuttle astronaut Dr. Jan Davis returns to the Marshall Space Flight Center in early July as the Deputy Director of its new Flight Projects Directorate.

This office is responsible for overseeing the development of the International Space Station (ISS) Payload Operations Integration Center. Davis also will support various elements of the ISS including its environmental and life support systems, Nodes, Multi-Purpose Logistics Modules and commercial EXPRESS racks. In addition, she will work closely with the Boeing Company as they continue construction and structural testing of ISS elements and truss segments.

Davis was an engineer at the Marshall Space Flight Center in 1987 when she was selected as an astronaut. She currently is on assignment from the Astronaut Office to NASA Headquarters as the Director of the Human Exploration and Development of Space (HEDS) Independent Assurance Office, located at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

"Jan has the unique capability of using her vast technical knowledge and her superb interpersonal skills to effectively provide to NASA management timely, objective, non-advocacy independent assessments of program technical integrity status of the HEDS Enterprise," said Fred Gregory, Associate Administrator for NASA’s Office of Safety and Mission Assurance. "She will be greatly missed."

She has spent more than 670 hours in space over the course of her three flights. Davis first flew in September 1992 on STS-47, a dedicated life science and materials processing mission. -MORE- -2-

Her next flight was in 1994 as a member of the STS-60 crew where she had the primary responsibility for supporting Wake Shield Facility experiments into thin film crystal growth in a microgravity environment. Her most recent flight was as Payload Commander for the STS-85 mission in 1997. During that mission, she successfully deployed and retrieved the CRISTA-SPAS satellite and demonstrated operation of the Japanese Manipulator Flight Demonstration robotic arm.

"Jan’s experience in mission operations, her excellent relations with the crew office at JSC, and her unique understanding of how Marshall and Johnson can work together will be of great benefit to us as the space station is built," said Art Stephenson, director of Marshall Space Flight Center.

Davis began her career at Marshall in 1979, leading a team responsible for structural analysis and verification of the Hubble Space Telescope, the HST servicing mission, and the Chandra X-Ray Observatory. Prior to being selected as an astronaut, she was the lead engineer for the redesign of the solid rocket booster external tank attach ring. She is a recipient of NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal, Exceptional Service Medal and Space Flight Medal.

She did her graduate research work at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and is a 1971 graduate of Huntsville High School. She also has degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology and Auburn University.


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