NASA will reorganize to better prepare for future flights to the Moon and Mars

The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) plans to return astronauts to the moon by 2024. To achieve this goal, the management of the department decided to reorganize, within the framework of which one structural unit will be divided into two directorates. Thus, one of the new divisions will work on near-Earth research, and the second – on the study of space outside the Earth’s orbit.

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The reorganization of the manned flight program this week announced the head of NASA Bill Nelson (Bill Nelson). As for the new divisions, one of them will be called the Directorate of Space Operations. It will be chaired by the current head of manned flights, Kathy Lueders. The work of the Directorate will be associated with the implementation of various programs and manned missions in low Earth orbit, the commercialization of space activities, with the International Space Station, as well as various missions on the Moon and near the satellite.

NASA veteran Jim Free, who began his career with the space agency in 1990, will be at the helm of the second unit, or “Research Systems Engineering”. This unit will oversee the implementation of programs related to the Artemis lunar mission, as well as the implementation of missions related to flights outside the Earth’s orbit, including to Mars.

“This reorganization will help NASA and the US succeed as we want to move into space further than ever before, while supporting the continued commercialization of space and exploration on the ISS. It will also allow the United States to maintain its leadership in space for decades to come. “– says Bill Nelson.

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