WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES: NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) announced the first female head of human spaceflight.
NASA head Jim Bridenstine said that Kathy Lueders has been selected to lead NASA's Human Exploration & Operations Mission Directorate.
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
Kathy Lueders joined NASA in 1992. In her career, she oversaw the May 30 launch of two astronauts on a SpaceX rocket to the International Space Station which is the first manned commercial flight to space.
NASA's schedule as set by the administration of President Donald Trump currently aims to put two astronauts on the moon.
The first woman will be walking on the Moon in 2024 using the heavy SLS rocket and the Orion capsule.