Whigham native gets a big promotion at NASA

Whigham native gets a big promotion at NASA

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WALB) - With information from NASA-

Lewis Wooten is the new director of the Mission Operations Laboratory at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

Wooten manages operations in the Payload Operations Integration Center -- the command post for all science and research activities on the International Space Station.

He will oversee more than 500 civil service and contractor employees analyzing and developing flight and ground support systems including managing the around-the-clock science operations on the International Space Station.

"I'm constantly reminded by the new people who arrive here at NASA just how exciting it is to be a part of the space program," Wooten said. "I experienced it myself as I drove onto the center my very first day, and I want to continue assembling a team that will help rewrite textbooks and enable discoveries that will expand our knowledge of our world and our universe."

Wooten has spent 35 years helping pursue scientific discoveries. In the 1980s, Wooten served as an engineer and payload operations director on Spacelab missions, a self-contained lab that flew in the cargo bay of the space shuttles and served as an early model for the International Space Station.

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