Doug McCuistion Academic
Doug McCuistion is the Director of the Mars Exploration Program, NASA’s science-driven program that seeks to understand whether Mars was, is, or can be a habitable world. As Director, he oversees the major science goals of the program, which include determining if life ever existed on Mars, characterizing the climate and geology of Mars, and preparing for human exploration of Mars. At NASA Headquarters, McCuistion was the Director of Flight Programs for NASA's Earth Science Enterprise. At the Goddard Space Flight Center, he worked on the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS), Geosynchronous Operations Environmental Satellite (GOES), Landsat, NEXUS (a James Webb Space Telescope precursor), and as a Deputy Director in the Information Systems engineering division. Prior to his career in space, Mr. McCuistion was commissioned as an Ensign from Aviation Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida and spent 13 years as an F-14 Tomcat RIO. McCuistion also worked on the Navy's Geodetic Satellite (GEOSAT) Follow-On mission. He retired from the Navy at the rank of Commander in 1998.