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Jessica Rye
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
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RELEASE : 102-05
Leroy Cain Heads Space Shuttle Launch Integration at KSC
Former flight director LeRoy Cain will direct all launch integration activities associated with the space shuttle at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., reporting directly to program manager Wayne Hale at the Johnson Space Center, Houston. He replaces astronaut Gregory C. Johnson, who returned to JSC after a year and a half.

Cain, who served as the ascent and entry flight director for Discovery's STS-114 Return to Flight mission in July/August 2005, will assist with overall management, integration and operations of the Space Shuttle Program and define launch integration requirements between the shuttle and international space station programs.

"LeRoy has demonstrated excellent skills in management of complex programs under very dynamic situations," Hale said. "He steps into Greg's role and assumes additional duties at a critical time when the shuttle program must hold up its corner of the new exploration initiative."

After graduation from Iowa State University in 1988, Cain joined the Guidance, Navigation and Control Systems Section at JSC. He was selected to be a flight director in 1998 and worked 16 shuttle flights - six as ascent flight director and eight as entry flight director.

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