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Robyn Gatens, Director of International Space Station

Robyn Gatens

Director of International Space Station for Space Operations

Ms. Robyn Gatens is the director of the International Space Station in the Space Operations Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters. She is also an agency senior expert for environmental control and life support and crew health and performance systems.

As space station director, Gatens leads strategy, policy, integration, and stakeholder engagement for the International Space Station Program at the agency level, including use of the station for research and technology demonstrations including to support NASA’s Artemis missions, and activities to secure an ongoing U.S. presence in low Earth orbit by enabling a successful, long-term private sector commercial space economy.

In her 35 years at NASA, Gatens has led the development and management of life support and habitation systems for human spaceflight missions. She has also led agency strategic and budget planning to mature these habitation system technologies needed for future deep space exploration missions, using the ISS as a demonstration testbed.

She began her NASA career in 1985 at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. She held various leadership positions at Marshall, including manager for the Orion spacecraft crew support and thermal systems before transferring to NASA Headquarters in Washington in 2012.

Gatens is the recipient of NASA’s Outstanding Leadership and Exceptional Achievement Medals and holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology.