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July 22 Meeting

amateria Published on July 9, 2022

Join us for monthly meeting on Friday, July 22


Ponderosa Fire Station training room:
17061 Rolling Creek Drive (map)

We’d love to see you there!

(We will not be Zooming the meeting this month, but plan to in August.)

FYI Session 6:30pm
James Webb Space Telescope


Main Presentation 7:30pm

The Artemis Program

Jenny Gruber, PhD will talk about the Artemis Campaign and the programs involved.

Bio:  Jenny Gruber was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. She graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering in 1999. During her time at BU, she was a cooperative education student at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. In 2002, she earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering Science from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. Her thesis title was, “A Study of Erosion Due to Low-Energy Sputtering in the Discharge Chamber of the Kaufman Ion Thruster”.

Jenny joined NASA JSC as a full-time employee in the fall of 2002. She spent 16 years in the Flight Operations Directorate, first as a Flight Dynamics Officer (FDO) in Space Shuttle Mission Control, and then as a manager for two ISS Mission Control Groups—Mission Planning Software and the Inventory and Stowage Officers. In October 2018, Jenny left Flight Operations to work on the Artemis Campaign, which aims to return humans to the moon–this time to stay and prepare for human exploration of Mars. She currently serves as the Cross Program Integration Lead for the Human Landing System (HLS), responsible for the people and processes that will ensure safe and successful interfaces between the Lander and other spacecraft or lunar surface assets. In lunar orbit, HLS will interact with the Orion spacecraft and the Gateway station. On the lunar surface HLS crew will utilize extravehicular activity suits, rovers, and habitats.

Jenny is wife to a fellow NASA engineer and mom to a teenager. In her spare time, she enjoys long-distance running, serving with her church, travel, camping and other outdoor activities, reading, mentoring young people, and learning about Ethiopian history, language, and culture.