The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), appoints new head of human spaceflight – a tremendously significant role to fill as the agency returns cosmonaut launches to United States soil and working towards landing the humans on the surface of Moon for the first time in five decades.
NASA has a new head of human spaceflight — a hugely important role to fill as the space agency returns astronaut launches to US soil and works toward landing the humans on the Moon for the first time in five decades https://t.co/Gc2cBhZWZQ
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Kathy Lueders spent twenty-eight years at NASA, will lead the Human Exploration & Operations Mission Directorate (HEO) of the agency, NASA announced on Friday. She will be the first-ever woman in the space agency’s history to fill the role.
The former chief of human spaceflight of NASA, Doug Loverro, suddenly resigned from NASA last month, quoting a mistake he made at the start of this year. Previously, CNN Business reported that the departure of Loverro related to agreements that granted for the development of moon landers, or spacecraft to bring astronauts to the surface of the Moon.
Historic Success of SpaceX’s Demo-2 launch
The appointment of Lueders comes after she worked with NASA for seven years as a leading Commercial Crew program of the agency, a first-of-its-type effort in which NASA asked the private sector to create space capsule able to carry astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS). Furthermore, the leadership of Lueders in that program ended in the historic success launch of SpaceX’s Demo-2 previous month that bring Doug Hurley and Robert Behnken, the NASA astronauts to the space station.
It marked the first-time humans moved into the orbit of the United States soil since the Space Shuttle program of NASA ended in 2011. The Commercial Crew Program of NASA is a part of the Human Exploration & Operations Mission Directorate, but in her latest designation, Lueders will also supervise the Artemis program of NASA – a ruthless effort announced by the administration of the American President previous year to return astronauts to the Moon by 2024.