Indian-origin Amit Kshatriya becomes head of NASA’s ‘Moon to Mars’ program, will show man the way to Red Planet

Washington: Indian-American software and robotics engineer Amit Kshatriya has been named the first chair of NASA’s new ‘Moon to Mars’ programme. This program will ensure the preparations for the long-term presence of the US space agency NASA on the Moon so that humans can be sent to the Red Planet (Mars) in the new achievement of space science. The agency announced Thursday that Kshatriya will begin his work as the first chief of the NASA-formed office, effective immediately.

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A press release issued by NASA said that the purpose of the new office is to carry out the agency’s human exploration activities on the Moon and Mars for the benefit of all humanity. “The golden age of exploration is happening now,” said NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, “and the new office will help NASA ensure that it successfully maintains a long-term presence on the Moon and completes preparations for humanity’s leap to Mars.” To be….’

Manned mission to Mars

“The Moon to Mars Program Office will help NASA complete missions to the Moon and prepare for the first human landing on Mars,” Nelson said. According to the release, Kshatriya will be responsible for planning and implementing manned missions to the Moon and Mars. Kshatriya has directed and led the Integrated Space Launch System ‘Orion’ and the ‘Exploration Ground System Programme’.

Started career in 2003

In the past, Kshatriya has worked on the post of Acting Associate Director of General Investigation System Development Division. Kshatriya started his career in the space program in the year 2003. From 2014 to 2017, he held the position of Space Center Flight Director. Kshatriya, the child of a first-generation immigrant to the US from India, holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematical science from the California Institute of Technology and an MA in mathematics from the University of Texas.

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