NASA taps commercial crew chief Kathy Lueders to lead human spaceflight office

NASA has picked Kathy Lueders to lead its Human Exploration and Operations (HEO) Mission Directorate, the office working to get astronauts back to the moon and then on to Mars.

Lueders is a longtime NASA employee who since 2014 had led the agency’s Commercial Crew Program, which has been encouraging the development of private crew-carrying spacecraft. One such astronaut taxi, SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule, carried NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the International Space Station (ISS) for the first time late last month on a landmark mission called Demo-2.

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