At a town hall this week, NASA announced that the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate will be split in two: the Exploration Systems Development Mission Directorate, led by Jim Free, and the Space Operations Mission Directorate, led by Kathy Lueders. I discuss what this change might mean for the future of NASA’s human spaceflight program, and why I think it’s not something to worry about if you’re a Kathy Lueders stan.
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- NASA Town Hall on Human Spaceflight - YouTube
- NASA splits human spaceflight directorate into two organizations - SpaceNews
- NASA to split leadership of its human spaceflight program | Ars Technica
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