SunstarTV Bureau: The United State’s National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has announced an Indian-American, Raja Jon Vurputoor Chari’s named in the 18-member ‘Artemis’ team for the ambitious lunar exploration programme.
Chari would be the third Indian-American in space after Kalpana Chawla in 1997 and Sunita Williams in 2006.
NASA Aeronautics tweeted. “Meet Raja Chari, an initial member of the NASA’s Artenis team who will help pave the way for the next human missions on and around the moon.”
The American space agency, said the modern lunar exploration programme will land the first women and next man on the Moon in 2024 and establish a sustainable human lunar presence by the end of the decade.
43-year-old, Chari is the only Indian-American graduate in the list of the US Air Force Academy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and US Naval Test Pilot School.
Before this programme, Chari was also selected by NASA to join the 2017 Astronaut Candidate Classs.