New York: Raja Chari, an Indian-American, has become the third Indian after Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Williams, who would be either travelling to the Moon or putting his foot on Mars.
As many as eleven new astronauts have graduated from NASA and would be going to explore the Moon and Mars. One of them is an Indian-American Raja Chari who, on Monday, received his silver pin from the Johnson Space Research Centre after two years of gruelling training.
We are trying to get to the Moon to stay by 2024 and we are working on getting the resources to do that, said Chari after receiving the silver pin.
The Indian-American further stated, "We are trying to get to the Moon to stay by 2024 and we have got the technology to do that. We are working on getting the resources to do that and it is going to take a lot of work, it is not going to be easy. We won't be assigned missions for a while but in the meantime we will be helping all around Johnson Space Centre with different offices that are working on getting us to the Moon."
About Raja Chari:
42-year-old Chari is a United States Air Force Academy graduate with a bachelor's degree in Astronautical Engineering and Engineering Science. He also possesses a Master's degree in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
He is a colonel in the US Air Force and has served as a commander of the 461st Flight Test Squadron and also as the director of the F-35 Integrated Test Force.