The Colombian aerospace engineer Diana Trujillo was selected by NASA as new international flight directoralong with six other members of the agency, to oversee operations of International Space Station missions, of the commercial crew and the Artemis lunar program and future exploration to Mars.
The Caleña is the only Latin American of the new team and will direct human spaceflight missions from NASA’s Mission Control Center in Houston, Texas. He will also be in charge of leading research and engineering experts and support staff around the world, making real-time decisions to keep NASA astronauts safe in space.
“These highly qualified individuals will be responsible for keeping astronauts safe and executing human spaceflight missions,” said the NASA Flight Operations Director Norm Knight.
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Knight added that “we had a lot of outstanding candidates both within the agency and in the spaceflight industry, which is an excellent sign of the enormous talent that exists here at NASA and within the growing space travel community.”
Diana Trujillo recently worked supporting the operations of NASA’s exploration missions on the surface of Mars, and also served as mission chief for Perseverance, NASA’s Mars rover.