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Meet Bianca M. Rhym from NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC). Currently serving as the Research & Technology Studies Manager for Gateway Deep Space Logistics (DSL), Bianca is orchestrating a symphony of innovation propelling humanity towards the lunar vicinity and beyond. The Gateway will be an outpost orbiting the Moon that provides vital support for human explorers of the lunar vicinity, as well as a staging point for deep space exploration. It is a critical component of NASA's Artemis campaign, a NASA-led collaborative effort with commercial and international partners to return humanity to the lunar surface and establish the first long-term presence on the Moon.

Prior to her current cosmic quest, Bianca relished her role as a Utilization Engineer and Electrical Power Systems (EPS) Subject Matter Expert for DSL. In that capacity, she used her expertise to explore opportunities to utilize space assets and systems to support cargo and science experiment payloads as they transit to and from space, while in orbit, and upon return to Earth. During that time frame, she was also moonlighting with work for the Human Landing System program, contributing to the development of integration, testing, and verification frameworks essential for the Artemis campaign.

Additionally, Bianca contributes her expertise to KSC's representation in the NASA’s Moon to Mars architecture concept development and reviews. The Moon to Mars architecture represents the hardware and operations needed for human missions to the Moon and Mars, and how they function together as a system of systems. In this process, big picture strategic objectives are decomposed into implementable pieces of the larger architecture puzzle.

With a background in Electrical Engineering, ground processing, testing, and verification for hardware, cargo, and external science payloads, Bianca has provided critical support for the International Space Station (ISS) as an ISS EPS testing lead, ensuring success, functionality, and reliability. Furthermore, Bianca has played a role in Commercial Resupply Service launch and recovery operations to and from the ISS, ensuring the smooth preparation, processing, transport, and integration of cargo and science payloads into spacecraft bound for the ISS.

Bianca's contributions to KSC span across the spaceport, ground systems, operations, research, and technology projects, and into the galaxy. With her curiosity, passion for exploration, and drive to push the boundaries of human endeavor, from logistics to lunar landings to aspirations for Mars, Bianca is a key player in enabling humanity to boldly go where no one has gone before – and having the time of her life while doing it!

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