NASA Selects Kathy Lueders To Lead Human Spaceflight Office

Rodiano Bonacci
Giugno 14, 2020

Officially, Lueders will now be Associate Administrator of the Human Exploration and Operations (HEO) Mission Directorate.

NASA's schedule, set by the administration of US President Donald Trump, aims to put two astronauts, including the first woman, on the Moon in 2024 using the heavy SLS rocket and the Orion capsule.

Since 2014, Lueders has directed NASA's efforts to send astronauts to space on private spacecraft, which culminated in the successful launch of Demo-2 from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 30. She later joined the International Space Station program and, as the station's transportation integration manager, oversaw commercial cargo services as well as NASA oversight of spacecraft from ISS partners. Kathys the right person to extend the space economy to the lunar vicinity and achieve the ambitious goals weve been given. Although the exact circumstances that led to Loverro's resignation have not been made public, he stated in an interview with Space.com that the move was unrelated to either the commercial crew program or a recently announced audit by NASA's Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the acquisition strategy for the Artemis missions. Loverro had taken over after the July 2019 reassignment of longtime HEO leader Bill Gerstenmaier (though Bowersox filled the several-month gap between the two, serving another short stint as acting chief).

Lueders began her NASA career in 1992 at the White Sands Test Facility in New Mexico where she was the Shuttle Orbital Maneuvering System and Reaction Control Systems Depot manager. SpaceX completely embarrassed Boeing by defeating them and delivering Crew Dragon to NASA long before Boeing's own Starliner. I know theyll give her the same support as she moves out in her new role. "We're going to stay vigilant until we bring them safely home".

Mike Wall is the author of "Out There" (Grand Central Publishing, 2018; illustrated byKarl Tate), a book about the search for alien life.

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