Amit Kshatriya, a decorated Indian American software and robotics engineer, was appointed as the first head of NASA’s newly established Moon to Mars Program. This program will help the agency ensure a long-term lunar presence needed for the next giant leap to the Red Planet. Kshatriya will serve as NASA’s first head of the office, with immediate effect, the agency announced. The new office aims to carry out the agency’s human exploration activities on the Moon and Mars for the benefit of humanity.
“The golden age of exploration is happening right now, and this new office will help ensure that NASA successfully establishes a long-term lunar presence needed to prepare for humanity’s next giant leap to the Red Planet,” said NASA Administrator Bill Nelson.
As directed by the 2022 NASA Authorisation Act, the Moon to Mars Program Office focuses on hardware development, mission integration and risk management functions for programs critical to the agency’s exploration approach that uses Artemis missions at the Moon to open a new era of scientific discovery and prepare for human missions to Mars.
“The Moon to Mars Program Office will help prepare NASA to carry out our bold missions to the Moon and land the first humans on Mars,” Nelson explained. The new office resides within the Exploration Systems Development Mission Directorate, reporting to its Associate Administrator Jim Free.