MDRS Crew 96 - MDRS Engineering team

Dec 28, 2010 - Jan 01, 2011



Daily Crew Reports
Crew 96 Mission Patch

Name Speciality
Joshua Nelson Commander / Crew Engineer
John Barainca Executive Officer
Jim Crowell Health & Safety Officer
Jean Hunter Food Studies / Nutritionist
Kyle Stephens Crew Engineer

Joshua Nelson is a graduate student studying multidisiplinary topics in Space Science. He holds his bachelors in aerospace engineering from the University of Arizona, along with minors in astronomy, physics, and planetary science. This summer he participated in the International Space University Space Studies Program. Most recently he has worked on the Mars Underground Mole project at the NASA Ames Research Center. Prior to his work at Ames he worked on high altitude balloon payloads, lunar landers, other space related projects. Joshua is presently the Chairman of the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS), the largest student run pro space organization in the world. Outside of space, Josh is an avid hiker and makes a hobby of collecting useful certifications like his HAM radio license and First Aid certification.

John Barainca BIO 2 HERE

Jim Crowell Jim Crowell is currently a junior undergraduate student at Arizona State University, studying Earth and Space Exploration - Exploration Systems Design. While at ASU, he has worked with He has worked with Dr. Phil Christensen, using the Mars Odyssey thermal emission imaging system (THEMIS), photographing and mapping areas of the Martian surface. He was also part of a team who, with Dr. Matt Fouch and Dr. Kip Hodges, developed a simulation which, when completed, set up a network of seismometers across the lunar surface to detect subsurface structure of Earthís moon. He is also the co-founder and president of the ASU chapter of Students for the Exploration and Development of Space at ASU, as well as a NASA Space Grant intern at ASU. After he completes his BS, he plans to continue onto graduate school to earn his MSc and PhD in space-related fields.

Jim is currently employed at NASAís Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC), analyzing images of the Moon, locating and identifying geomorphological features, and mapping out the lunar surface in preparation for mankindís return to the Moon. He is also the Chief Financial Officer and Director of the Board of Astronauts for Hire, Inc., which seeks to increase the competitiveness of commercial astronaut candidates by providing skills training, facilitating forums for candidate communication, engaging with potential employers, and inspiring the next generation.

Jim has always loved every kind of adventure. Apart from his busy schedule, he enjoys mountaineering, hiking, rock climbing, skydiving, cycling, downhill skiing, aviation, physical conditioning, and amateur astronomy. Ultimately, Jim seeks to enable the progression of mankindís exploration of space by developing systems for long-term, sustainable human presence on other worlds and traveling to these worlds, like Mars, to ensure mankindís advancement.

Jean Hunter BIO 4 HERE

Kyle Stephens BIO 5 HERE

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