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Gary Kitmacher

(seen here with
astronaut Paul Scully Power
in the Vomit Comet)

Gary Kitmacher Gary Kitmacher is from NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston Texas. Mr. Kitmacher currently serves as the Space and Life Sciences Directorate Manager for Crew Health Care Systems. The directorate's responsibilities include managing the habitat and environment, astronaut's health, nutrition and medical care, and science operations.

Since 1993, Mr. Kitmacher served in several capacities in the Space Shuttle- Mir international program; he was the US manager for the NASA-Mir Priroda Project, and led US efforts to develop new systems and integrate payloads on the Mir's Priroda module, and subsequently served as the US manager for Mir operations.

Mr. Kitmacher has been at the Johnson Space Center since 1981. He has worked in a variety of positions, starting in the lunar sample laboratory, then in the Space Shuttle program management office during the first years of Shuttle operations, and later leading design efforts for the International Space Station, manned moon and Mars habitats, and the commercially developed Spacehab module. Some of his contributions include the International Space Station Cupola, design, configuration and sizing of the International Space Station Lab and Hab Modules, Nodes, the establishment of the logistics concepts for supporting the ISS and the development of the standard for hardware transfer the cargo transfer bags (CTBs), and the development of the first crew recreational computer system, the Crew On Orbit Support System or COSS, used on Mir and ISS. Earlier he served as the mission manager for the Spacehab-2, STS-60 mission and as the Man-Systems Architectural Agent for the Space Station.

Mr. Kitmacher has masters and bachelor's degrees in Management, Geology, Astronomy and Education. Mr. Kitmacher is married. He resides with his wife and three daughters in Houston, Texas. A fourth daughter is stationed on the US Coast Guard Cutter Dallas.

August 2001


Photography on the Apollo 11 Mission. NASA Headquarters History Office. 1999.

Flight Hardware Acceptance for the International Space Station Program. NASA. 1998.

NASA-Mir, Mission Science, Operations and Integration. NASA JSC. 1997.

Integration of Systems on Mir, Processes and Comparisons. AIAA. 1996.

NASA/Mir Program Processes and Management (US/R-001). NASA/RSC Energia. 1996.

Priroda Stowage Photobook. NASA. 1995.

Hardware General Design Standards and Test Requirements (US/R-002). NASA/RSC Energia. 1995.

Configuration and Status of US Hardware on the Mir Station (US/R-004). NASA/RSC Energia. 1995.

Utilization of Spacehab in the NASA/Mir Phase I Program. NASA. 1994.

Spacehab Utilization: A Requirements Assessment. NASA. 1993.

A Guide to the Commercial Middeck Augmentation Module Project. NASA. 1992.

Commercial Middeck Augmentation Module (CMAM) Project Management Plan. NASA. 1991.

Exploring the Planets. NASA. 1990.

Crew Station Design for Planetary Landers. 1989.

Outfitting Requirements for Lunar and Planetary Habitats. Internal Note. August, 1989.

Designing the Space Station. NASA Presentation. 1989.

Views From Space: Exploring the Earth With Photography from Space. NASA Presentation. 1988.