Marc Reagan

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Marc Reagan
Marc Reagan NASA.jpg
Marc Reagan
NationalityAmerican
EducationBS, Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M University; MS, Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado
EmployerNASA
Known forAquanaut, NEEMO Mission Director
TitleStation Training Lead

Marcum "Marc" Reagan (born c. 1967)[1] is a Station Training Lead in Mission Operations at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.[2][3][4][5] He leads a team of instructors who together are responsible for developing and executing complex simulations for International Space Station (ISS) assembly and operations.[2] Reagan also serves as an ISS "Capcom" from Mission Control, communicating with ISS astronauts in orbit.[6] In May 2002, Reagan served as an aquanaut on the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations 2 (NEEMO 2) crew.[2][6][7] He subsequently served as Mission Director for multiple NEEMO missions.[8]

Early life and education[edit]

Reagan grew up in Hobbs, New Mexico, and has long been fascinated with the exploration of the sea and space. As a child he saw one of the early moonwalks on television and knew that he wanted to be part of space exploration some day.[2][6]

Reagan has a B.S. degree in aerospace engineering from Texas A&M University, where he graduated summa cum laude in 1989. He received an M.S. degree in aerospace engineering sciences, on a NASA Fellowship, at the University of Colorado in 1993.[2][6]

NASA career[edit]

Reagan was responsible for the crew and flight controller training for the second ISS assembly mission (the 100th shuttle flight), was in charge of training the 4th Expedition Crew to the ISS, and led the training for the 8th ISS crew. He has been extensively involved in negotiations and development of training with the Russian Space Agency in support of the ISS, as well as the Japanese and European Space Agencies. He is proficient in the Russian language.[2][6]

Reagan with NEEMO project lead Bill Todd after leaving the NEEMO 9 crew in Aquarius.

The other primary part of Reagan's job has been his position as Deputy Project Manager for the NASA Undersea Research Team "NEEMO" (NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations), conducted in the Aquarius underwater laboratory near Key Largo, Florida.[2][6][9] He has supported NEEMO missions, including NEEMO 3, 4 and 5, from the surface as part of the core "Surface Support Team", serving as mission lead for NEEMO 4.[2][6] Reagan has said that he "self-selected" for the NEEMO project by volunteering at an early stage to help put it together.[10] Reagan trained as a backup for the first NEEMO mission, NEEMO 1, in October 2001, and was one of the aquanauts on the NEEMO 2 mission in May 2002.[2][6][7] Prior to NEEMO 2, Reagan wrote: "I am excited about the opportunity to be a part of this 2nd NEEMO mission - this is such a rare and unique opportunity. To work and live in the sea for nine days will be the fulfillment of a dream for me."[2] During NEEMO 2, Reagan commented in his Mission Day 2 journal entry: "At noon today ... we officially became aquanauts. Not 'certified trained as aquanauts,' not 'wannabe aquanauts,' but real aquanauts. Welcome to a pretty exclusive club. In case you were wondering, there is no door prize, but the job benefits are outstanding. Technically, the term aquanaut is limited to those who stay underwater for 24 hours or more."[7][11]

Reagan has subsequently supported multiple NEEMO missions,[8] and served as Mission Director for NEEMO 6,[10][12][13] NEEMO 9,[14][15] NEEMO 10,[16] NEEMO 11,[17] NEEMO 12[18] and NEEMO 13.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Reagan is a certified PADI diver with Enriched Air, Advanced, and Rescue Diver certifications. He is also an instrument rated pilot with complex, tailwheel and aerobatic endorsements.[2][6]

Reagan's hobbies include soccer, water and snow skiing, scuba diving, and music. He plays the keyboard and sings in a rock 'n roll band made up of colleagues called the "Rockit Scientists". Reagan has lived in League City, Texas and Houston, Texas. He has a son named Kyle.[2][6]

References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

  1. ^ "International Space Medicine Summit III Executive Summary" (PDF). James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, Rice University. February 2010. p. 45. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 13, 2012. Retrieved February 5, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Reagan, Marc (2002). ":: NASA Quest > Space :: - Meet: Marc Reagan". National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Archived from the original on October 18, 2011. Retrieved November 9, 2011.
  3. ^ "NASA Human Research Program Investigators' Workshop" (PDF). Universities Space Research Association Division of Space Life Sciences. February 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 3, 2016. Retrieved November 9, 2011.
  4. ^ "The Ground-to-Space Pathway" (PDF). Universities Space Research Association Division of Space Life Sciences. February 4, 2010. Retrieved November 9, 2011.
  5. ^ Salas, Eduardo (2010). "Optimizing Crew Performance in Long Duration Space Exploration" (PDF). Universities Space Research Association Division of Space Life Sciences. Retrieved November 9, 2011.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Reagan, Marc (May 17, 2010). "Aquarius". University of North Carolina Wilmington. Archived from the original on April 25, 2012. Retrieved November 9, 2011.
  7. ^ a b c NASA (March 21, 2006). "NEEMO History". NASA. Retrieved November 8, 2011.
  8. ^ a b Yazell, Douglas (Fall 2007). "Becoming an Aquanaut: Using an Underwater Extreme Environment to Train Astronauts for Spaceflight" (PDF). Horizons. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Houston Section. 32 (4): 14. Retrieved November 12, 2011.
  9. ^ "- AIAAHouston V.: 1.0". American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Houston Section. 2010. Archived from the original on October 3, 2011. Retrieved November 8, 2011.
  10. ^ a b NASA (July 8, 2004). "HSF - NEEMO 6 Crew Interviews". NASA. Retrieved November 8, 2011.
  11. ^ Reagan, Marc (May 14, 2002). "Behind the Scenes: Training". NASA. Retrieved November 8, 2011.
  12. ^ "NASA Crew Goes Under Water to Study Outer Space". University of North Carolina Wilmington. July 12, 2004. Archived from the original on April 25, 2012. Retrieved November 8, 2011.
  13. ^ NASA (August 3, 2004). "NEEMO 6". NASA. Retrieved November 8, 2011.
  14. ^ NASA (April 3, 2006). "NASA's NEEMO 9 Aquanaut Human Performance Study Begins". NASA. Retrieved November 8, 2011.
  15. ^ NASA (July 22, 2006). "NASA - NEEMO 10 Mission Journal". NASA. Retrieved November 8, 2011.
  16. ^ NASA (September 1, 2006). "NASA Continues Space Exploration Research With Undersea Lab". NASA. Retrieved November 8, 2011.
  17. ^ NEEMO 12 Topside Team (May 6, 2007). "NASA - NEEMO 12 Topside Journal". NASA. Retrieved November 8, 2011.
  18. ^ Topside Team (August 8, 2007). "NEEMO 13 Topside Report - Training Week". National Undersea Research Center. Archived from the original on May 9, 2012. Retrieved November 8, 2011.

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