1 Jan 2010
Doug McCuistion leads the Mars Exploration Program. Mr. McCuistion has held positions in Earth and Space science at NASA Headquarters, the Goddard Space Flight Center and US Navy. At Headquarters he was the Director of Flight Programs for NASA's Earth Science Enterprise. At Goddard, he worked on the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS), Geosynchronous Operations Environmental Satellite (GOES), Landsat, NEXUS (a James Webb Space Telescope precursor), and as a Deputy Director in the Information Systems engineering division. Prior to his career in space, Mr. McCuistion was commissioned as an Ensign from Aviation Officer Candidate School in Pensacola and spent 13 years as an F-14 Tomcat RIO, and also worked the Navy's GEOSAT Follow-On mission. He retired at the rank of Commander in 1998.
Doug has been recognized with the rank of Meritorious Senior Executive, and awarded two NASA Exceptional Achievement Medals; two Navy Commendation Medals; and various NASA, Navy, and other-Agency individual and group achievement awards.