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Jerry C. Elliott

Jerry C. Elliott

Cherokee, Osage

Jerry joined NASA in April, 1966, as a Flight Mission Operations Engineer at NASA's Mission Control Center, and have held progressively responsible technical and managerial positions with highly successful accomplishments in the fields of spacecraft systems, hardware, software, configuration design, trajectories, mission operations, Earth resources, astronaut crew equipment, scientific experiments and technical management. Served as Staff Engineer, NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C., in the Apollo/Soyuz Program Office with partial duties dedicated to onboard spacecraft and ground crew mission operations, requirements and scientific experiments for the world's first Russian-American space mission.

Currently, Jerry is serving as Senior Technical Manager, Management Integration Office of the Space Station Program Office, NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas. Prime duties are to assist in developing and implementing a program policy and management processes for the Space Shuttle Program Office Export Control Policy in dealing for foreign governments and international commerce.


English, Spanish and Osage (American Indian)


  • The Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest U.S. civilian honor, for duties as Retrofire Officer at NASA Mission Control Center during the aborted Apollo 13 space mission with safe return of the flight crew. Computed the spacecraft trajectory to enable return to Earth.
  • Bausch and Lomb National Science Award.
  • 1976 Science and Engineering National Achievement Award - Presented by the American Indian Art and Cultural Exchange.
  • 1976 National Chairperson, Native American Awareness Week, October 10-16. - Authored congressional legislation signed by President Gerald R. Ford.
  • 1978 Special Achievement Award by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio, for meritorious achievements, and exceptional contributions to research, planning, organization and conduct of responsibilities relating to space and technology programs.
  • Group Achievement Award by NASA Langley Research Center, 1981.
  • Listed in American Men & Women of Science, the Physical and Biological Sciences, Vol.2, 15th edition, 1982 and subs.
  • Listed in WhoÍs Who In Technology Today, 3rd annual 1982-83 edition and subs.
  • 1983 Bronze Halo Award by the Southern California Motion Picture Council for outstanding contributions to humanity.
  • Listed in Who's Who In The South And Southwest, 20th edition, 1985.
  • Listed in Men Of Achievement, Worldwide, 12th edition, 1986.
  • Listed in Personalities Of America, 1986.
  • Designer of the World's First International Site for Peace, Ecuador, 1986.
  • Listed in the International Directory Of Distinguished Leadership, 2nd Annual Edition, Winter 1987-1988.
  • Listed in Who's Who In Society, 1988 edition.
  • Listed in Leading Consultants in Technology
  • Medal of Honor Award, highest national honor bestowed by The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, 1991.

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