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Randy Brinkley managed NASA's Space Station Program Office during Phase 1 of the International Space Station Program. This office at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, is responsible for the design, construction, and operation of the International Space Station.
The International Space Station Program brings together the work of NASA and its partners -- the European Space Agency, Canadian Space Agency, the National Space Development Agency of Japan, and the Russian Space Agency, as well as private companies in all of those countries. Together, they design, build and prepare to utilize a permanent research outpost in low-Earth orbit.
Brinkley joined NASA in 1992, when he signed on as a special assistant for the Office of Space Flight. Later that year, he was assigned as the Mission Director for the first service and repair flight of the Hubble Space Telescope in December 1993. He resigned as manager of NASA's Space Station Program Office in April 1999.
Prior to his NASA career, Brinkley spent 25 years as an officer and pilot for the United States Marine Corps. He attended the University of North Carolina and has masters degrees in business administration, international relations, and national security and strategic studies. He is a graduate of the Navy Fighter Weapons School (Topgun).
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