Space exploration, like all other fields in life, has been predominantly occupied by men. From the people calling the shots to the ones executing those shots, men have historically dominated professional spaces. However, that is slowly changing, and the field of space exploration isn’t getting left behind. America’s space exploration agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has made a historic decision.
Let’s find out more about NASA’s decision.
WHAT DID NASA DO?
On Friday, NASA announced the director for the Human Exploration and Operations (HEO) Mission Directorate, Kathy Lueders. By becoming the director for the unit that is working to get astronauts back on the moon by 2024, Lueders has become NASA’s first female director of human spaceflight.
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced this decision via Twitter as well as in a press release.
He tweeted –
“Kathy Lueders has been selected to lead @NASA’s Human Exploration & Operations Mission Directorate. Kathy has successfully managed both the Commercial Crew & Commercial Cargo programs and is the right person to lead HEO as we prepare to send astronauts to the Moon in 2024.”
Kathy Lueders has been selected to lead @NASA’s Human Exploration & Operations Mission Directorate. Kathy has successfully managed both the Commercial Crew & Commercial Cargo programs and is the right person to lead HEO as we prepare to send astronauts to the Moon in 2024. pic.twitter.com/393vPTdXwb
— Jim Bridenstine (@JimBridenstine) June 12, 2020
In the press release, he said –
“Kathy gives us the extraordinary experience and passion we need to continue to move forward with Artemis and our goal of landing the first woman and the next man on the Moon by 2024.”
“Kathy’s the right person to extend the space economy to the lunar vicinity and achieve the ambitious goals we’ve been given.”
Leuders’ journey with NASA began as the Shuttle Orbital Maneuvering System and Reaction Control Systems Depot manager at their White Sands Test Facility in New Mexico in 1992.
Last month, Kathy managed the inaugural private crew flight on SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station, ending Russia’s nine-year monopoly over travel to the space station.