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About the Mission Support Team

    NASA’s mission support team members are scientists, engineers and support staff who communicate and engage with educators, students, and the general public. Their work on the NEEMO 14 mission includes data collection, research, and support diver activities, as well as public outreach to ensure that NASA’s research and testing is available to the education community, and to contribute to the public understanding and appreciation of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Mission Support Team Bios

  • Monika K. Schultz

    Monika K. Schultz

    Monika K. Schultz is an Engineer with the United Space Alliance and one of the leads of the NEEMO 14 mission support team.

  • Mary Sue Bell

    Dr. Mary Sue Bell

    Dr. Mary Sue Bell is a planetary geologist at Johnson Space Center and a member of the mission support team for NEEMO 14.

  • Brian Bury

    Brian Bury

    Brian Bury is a project engineer supporting the NEEMO 14 project.

  • Michael Downs

    Michael Downs

    Michael is an Engineering Project Manager at Kennedy Space Center and a member of the mission support team on NEEMO 14.

  • Juniper Jairala

    Juniper Jairala

    Juniper is an EVA (Extra-Vehicular Activity) Hardware Test Engineer supprting NEEMO through the Crew and Thermal Systems Division at NASA Johnson Space Center.

  • Lesley Lee

    Lesley Lee

    Lesley Lee, an exercise physiologist in the Human Adaptation & Countermeasures Division at JSC, is collecting and coordinating NEEMO 14 data regarding EVA crew performance and center of gravity.

  • Jack Li

    Jack Li

    Jack Li is a human-computer interaction designer at NASA Ames Research Center working on planning and scheduling tools.

  • Heather Paul

    Heather Paul

    Heather Paul is an engineer working on spacesuit life support system design, and a member of the mission support team for NEEMO 14.

  • Jason Poffenberger

    Jason Poffenberger

    Jason Poffenberger is an Engineer working for the Constellation Program’s Lunar Surface Systems Project Office.

  • Karl Shreeves

    Karl Shreeves

    Karl Shreeves is an expert diver and diving instructor and a member of the NEEMO mission support team.

  • Nicholas Skytland

    Nicholas Skytland

    Nicholas Skytland is a project manager at NASA within the Human Adaptation and Countermeasures Division of the Space Life Sciences Directorate.