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Dr. Meghan Chandarana Featured on 'Generations of Artemis' Agency-Wide Panel
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Dr. Meghan Chandarana Featured on 'Generations of Artemis' Agency-Wide Panel

Human Landing System (HLS) Space Vehicle Systems (SVS) Automation and Autonomy (A&A) Discipline team member Dr. Meghan Chandarana was a featured panelist on the Agency-wide ‘Generations of Artemis’ panel celebrating Women’s Equality Day on Thursday, August 26th. The panel featured women from three different career generations discussing their contributions to the Artemis mission and their experiences in navigating the multigenerational workforce. Dr. Chandarana was featured for the early career perspective, having joined the HLS SVS A&A team in summer of 2020 after converting from a Pathways intern to a full-time employee at the conclusion of her PhD from Carnegie Mellon University. European Service Module Safety and Mission Assurance Deputy Lead Carrie Green from Glenn Research Center spoke to the mid-career perspective; and Gateway Program Office Deputy Manager Lara Kearney from Johnson Space Center covered the late-career perspective.

BACKGROUND: Meghan began her career at NASA in 2014 as a graduate summer intern at Marshall Space Flight Center and followed that with a series of graduate summer internships at Langley Research Center before converting to a Pathways intern, and then an AeroSpace Technology (AST) Researcher. In January 2021, Meghan transferred to Ames Research Center, thanks to much support from our Autonomous Systems & Robotics (ASR) Tech Area, the Intelligent Systems Division (Code TI), the Exploration Technology Directorate (Code T), and Ames Center leadership.

Artemis is a United States-led international human spaceflight program aimed at returning humans to the Moon. Objectives include using innovative technologies to explore new areas of the lunar surface and establishing a sustainable human presence on the Moon, laying the foundation for future missions to Mars and beyond. The Human Landing System (HLS) is the final mode of transportation that will take astronauts to the lunar surface as part of the Artemis program. As part of this effort, the HLS Program leverages a cross-center team for the procurement of the rapid development and crewed demonstration of systems, designed and developed by American companies, that will carry the first woman and the next man to the surface of the Moon by 2024.

The NASA Ames Women's Influence Network (WIN), in collaboration with Women's Employee Resource Groups from across the Agency, coordinated the ‘Generations of Artemis’ panel discussion in celebration of Women's Equality Day. Women's Equality Day commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, granting women in the United States the right to vote. PROGRAM FUNDING: Human Landing System (HLS) Program, Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD) on & Autonomy

POINTS OF CONTACT: Diana Acosta,; Meghan Chandarana,

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