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Craig, Mark K.


Biographical Information

Raised in Midland Texas, Mark K. Craig began his career at NASA in Houston as a co-op student on the Apollo program in 1967. An expert in spacecraft engineering and analysis, there he subsequently contributed to the Apollo-Soyuz, Space Shuttle, Space Station, Mars Rover Sample Return, and Lunar-Mars Exploration programs in positions progressing from engineer to program manager. At NASA Headquarters in Washington Mark was Assistant Administrator, Exploration, (Acting) and architect of the NASA Strategic Plan. He was Associate Center Director, Space Development and Commerce of the Johnson Space Center and Deputy Director and Director (Acting) of the Stennis Space Center. For museums and themed attractions he is an advisor on space exploration. After retiring from a 38-year career with NASA, Mark supported NASA as Vice President of Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) from which he retired in 2015. At that time he was presented an American flag flown over the U.S. Capitol at the request of Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III of MA to honor his 48 years of service to the Nation’s space program.

Mark earned a B.S. in Astronautical Engineering from Purdue University in 1971, pursued engineering graduate study at Rice University, and completed the MIT Sloan Program for Senior Executives. He has authored over 40 articles and papers on technical and strategic aspects of space exploration and has received numerous awards including the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, Rotary National Award for Space Achievement Stellar Award, and NSPE Federal Engineer of the Year Award. He is a Distinguished Engineering Alumnus of Purdue and a Fellow of the American Astronautical Society. Mark was elected to the International Academy of Astronautics in 1992 and was elected President of the American Astronautical Society in 2005. He is an Elder of the Presbyterian Church, a member of the National Eagle Scout Association, and is a Patron of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.


Biographical statement provided by Mark Craig.

Found in 15 Collections and/or Records:

Mark K. Craig papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 81
Abstract The Mark K. Craig papers document Craig's 50 year career of technical, programmatic, strategy/policy, institutional, and public engagement contributions to the NASA human space exploration enterprise from Apollo to Lunar/Mars exploration. It includes papers, artifacts, memorabilia, and oral history interviews.

Mark K. Craig papers

 Unprocessed — Box: Box Alumni C
Identifier: 20071106.2

Mark K. Craig papers, addition 01

 Unprocessed — Box: Communal Accessions 2
Identifier: 20110930

Mark K. Craig papers, addition 02

 Unprocessed — Box: 1 box
Identifier: 20151020

Mark K. Craig papers, addition 07

 Unprocessed — Box: Box 1
Identifier: 20160211

Mark K. Craig papers, addition 08

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 20160203.1

Mark K. Craig papers, addition 09

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 20160125

Mark K. Craig papers, addition 10

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 20160308

Mark K. Craig papers, addition 11

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 20160309

Mark K. Craig papers, addition 12

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 20160302

Mark K. Craig papers, addition 13

 Unprocessed — Box: 1 envelope
Identifier: 20160218.1