In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Reaching the surface of the Moon with human explorers in 2024 now requires stable leadership. NASA’s launch services team rehearses the countdown for a planned July 20 launch of the Perseverance Mars 2020 rover.
Human Space Exploration
Stability and certainty for NASA’s exploration effortsCoalition Member in the News – Boeing; Coalition for Deep Space Exploration in the NewsThe Space Review (6/22): Earlier this month, Kathy Leuders, head of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, was promoted to the agency’s Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations, the third person to hold the title within the past year and the first woman. Lueders’ selection won praise outside the agency. “Her immense technical and management background with NASA, coupled with her recent leadership of the commercial crew program, will be invaluable in landing the first woman and next man on the Moon,” said Mary Lynne Dittmar, president and CEO of the Coalition for Deep Space Exploration, an industry group that represents many of the companies involved in NASA’s exploration programs. With a shaky national economy, a tense political environment and the challenges of addressing the coronavirus pandemic, stability at the top of the Artemis initiative is key.