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NASA is developing the spacecraft to land the first woman and next man on the Moon. Unlike the Apollo landings, today’s astronauts will land on the south pole of the moon, out of sight of Earth. In order for these astronauts to communicate back home, NASA and our International Partners are drawing up a communication and navigation network, LunaNet, to orbit around the Moon.

Dr. Eric Poole is the Division Systems Engineer for Exploration and Space Communications at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.  Eric has a Bachelor’s in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Florida, and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington. After a brief time in West Palm Beach providing analysis of various rocket engines for Pratt & Whitney, Eric began his NASA career in Huntsville, AL ensuring performance of the Space Shuttle solid rocket motors. He then returned to Florida where he prepared such missions as Juno, Curiosity and Orion for launch from the Kennedy Space Center. He is currently a technical lead for NASA’s communications and navigation systems, including the design of lunar networks in support of Artemis missions.

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