UNITED STATES: On Thursday, 31st March 2023, the American space agency NASA announced the appointment of Amit Kshatriya, an Indian-origin software and robotics engineer, as the head of its newly-established Moon to Mars program. The program’s goal is to build a long-term presence on the Moon while also preparing for human expeditions to Mars.
NASA has been working on the Artemis program, which aims to land the first woman and the next man on the Moon by 2024. The Moon to Mars program is an extension of this program, and its goal is to use the Artemis missions to the Moon will usher in a new era of scientific discovery while also laying the groundwork for human expeditions to Mars.
Appointment of Amit Kshatriya
Amit Kshatriya will serve as the first head of the Moon to Mars program office, reporting to Associate Administrator Jim Free. Since 2003, Kshatriya has worked as a software engineer, robotics engineer, and spacecraft operator in the space program.
Before this, he held the position of acting deputy associate administrator for Common Exploration Systems Development, where he oversaw and integrated a number of the initiatives that are now under the purview of the new office.
Kshatriya’s new position includes program design and execution for manned trips to the Moon and Mars. The program will have sections for risk management, mission integration, and hardware development.
The appointment of Amit Kshatriya as the head of the Moon to Mars program office is significant as he brings with him years of experience in the space program. His appointment is expected to strengthen NASA’s efforts to establish a long-term presence on the Moon and prepare for human missions to Mars. The program is seen as an essential step towards realizing NASA’s ambitious goals for space exploration.
The appointment of Amit Kshatriya as the head of NASA’s Moon to Mars program is a significant development in the space program.
With his experience and expertise, Kshatriya is expected to lead the program towards its ambitious goals of establishing a long-term presence on the Moon and preparing for human missions to Mars. This appointment is a significant step in NASA’s efforts towards space exploration and scientific discovery.
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