NASA Astronaut; Programs Manager at the Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas

Human Spaceflight

Ms. Ivins has been employed at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center since July 1974, and until 1980, was assigned as an engineer, working on orbiter displays and controls and man machine engineering.  Her major assignment in 1978 was to participate in development of the Orbiter Head-Up Display (HUD).  In 1980 she was assigned as a flight engineer on the Shuttle Training Aircraft (Aircraft Operations) and a co-pilot in the NASA administrative aircraft (Gulfstream-1).

Ms. Ivins holds a multi-engine Airline Transport Pilot License with Gulfstream-1 type rating, single engine airplane, land, sea, and glider commercial licenses, and airplane, instrument, and glider flight instructor ratings.  She has logged over 6,600 hours in civilian and NASA aircraft.

Ms. Ivins was selected in the NASA Astronaut Class of 1984 as a mission specialist.  Her many technical assignments to date include:  review of Orbiter safety and reliability issues; avionics upgrades to the Orbiter cockpit; software verification in the Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory (SAIL); Spacecraft Communicator (CAPCOM) in Mission Control; crew representative for Orbiter photographic system and procedures; crew representative for Orbiter flight crew equipment issues; Lead of Astronaut Support Personnel team at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, supporting Space Shuttle launches and landings; crew representative for Space Station and Space Shuttle stowage, habitability, logistics, and transfer issues; Head of the Astronaut Office Exploration Branch, Special Assistant to the Constellation Program Manager.

A veteran of five space flights, (STS-32 in 1990, STS-46 in 1992, STS-62 in 1994, STS-81 in 1997, and STS-98 in 2001), Ms. Ivins has logged over 1,318 hours in space.

Ms. Ivins is currently assigned to the Astronaut Office as the head of the Constellation Branch.  She also supports the Space Station/Shuttle Branches for crew equipment, habitability and stowage and launch support.

Marsha Ivins earned a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Colorado in 1973. Visit for more information about Ms Ivins’ career and accomplishments, and details of her many space flights.

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