Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
A farmer's work ethic fuels an engineer's enthusiasm for
Space Station science
a crew procedure engineer at the Marshall Space Flight Center,
Gary Moore analyzes Space Station requirements with the research
scientists whose experiments are performed on the orbiting laboratory,
and writes procedures for the crew to follow.|
-- Gary Moore is one of the experts when it comes to knowing how
to conduct International Space Station experiments safely using
equipment on board. As a crew procedure engineer at the Marshall
Center, he analyzes Space Station requirements with the research
scientists whose experiments are performed on the orbiting laboratory
and writes procedures for the crew to follow.
NASA go to the moon when he was eight years old. And, like some
people in his hometown of Caney Springs, Tenn., he couldn't quite
believe his eyes.
view has changed quite a bit. He now is part of a team that sends
equipment and experiments into space, supporting one of NASA's key
programs -- the International Space Station.
"Growing up in the
country and working hard on the farm, I never dreamed of space travel
or being part of the country's space program," he says. Proud
of his rural roots, Moore believes that boyhood chores of working
with cows and laboring in the tobacco fields helped to instill in
him a work ethic that, even today, fuels his enthusiasm for challenges
as he plays a role in scientific achievements that might have seemed
unbelievable to him more than 30 years ago.
As a crew procedure
engineer for NASA contractor Teledyne Brown Engineering of Huntsville,
Ala., Moore now communicates with scientists worldwide to make sure
he knows what they want to accomplish with their Space Station experiments.
Based at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Moore
attempts to understand all experiments that launch with each new
expedition to the Space Station -- the four-to-six-month research
missions to the Station.
Moore is one of the experts
when it comes to knowing how to conduct Space Station experiments
safely using equipment on board. He analyzes Space Station requirements
in order to work with the research scientists whose experiments
are performed on the Station, writing procedures for the crew to
follow. Moore's work with the scientists maximizes the experiments'
to work for the space program was the best move I ever made,"
Moore says. "The opportunities are endless, and I'm blessed
to work with some of the most brilliant people in the world."
For nearly 15 years,
Moore wrote detailed processes for commercial hardware at SCI in
Huntsville before bringing his expertise to the Marshall Center.
But changing jobs after all those years didn't first come without
a bit of apprehension.
After joining the space
program in 1998, Moore attended a meeting at Johnson Space Center
in Houston, where everyone talked in the acronyms of space travel.
Instead of NASA, he says he thought he had entered "The Twilight
"All I could think
was this is a long way from milking cows," Moore says. "I
think I'm most proud that I was able to hang in there and now I
talk just like everybody else."
This determination to
never give up came to Moore early in life. "When I was growing
up, I had very bad asthma and almost died," recalls Moore.
"As I grew older, I had other health problems and my digestive
system was almost destroyed by antibiotics. Now, nutrition is my
A picture of health and
now a member of the Huntsville Track Club, Moore has found another
hobby: studying nutritional information and spreading the word about
healthy living. "I believe the body can cure itself of just
about anything, if given the proper nutrition," says Moore.
When he has
time, Moore loves to go back to Caney Springs and visit his parents
Bruce and Peggy, who still live there on the family farm. "I'm
very thankful to my parents for the work ethic they instilled in
me," Moore says, recalling days spent helping out early in
the morning and late in the afternoon. In between, he went to school
at Forrest High in nearby Chapel Hill, where there were only 24
in his graduating class of 1972. He went on to receive a bachelor's
degree in industrial management from Middle Tennessee State University
in Murfreesboro in 1982.
Among the many
passions in Moore's life are the times he shares with his wife and
two teenage children. Keeping up with their activities, as well
as being active in church work is very important to him. The whole
family loves to share in the bounty of their garden of strawberries,
blueberries, blackberries and "some of the biggest tomatoes
else no doubt reassuring to those scientists Moore works with and
helps to "grow" their experiments in space.
Text and photos for
this story were provided by Marshall Space Flight Center.