09/09/2022

Chaldean engineer Diana Alsindy part of team sending manned-mission to moon

WASHINGTON, D.C. — American space agency NASA plans to return to the moon. The launch of  Artemis 1, the first phase of the mission, was supposed to happen on 29 August, however it was postponed to 3 September due to technical difficulties. It was once again postponed due to a liquid hydrogen fuel leak.

Though delayed, the historic mission will see the first woman land on the moon. Another woman involved in the mission is also playing a historic role.

Chaldean engineer Diana Alsindy, a former Propulsion Systems Engineer Intern at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and currently a Fluids Systems Propulsion Engineer at Blue Origin, is a part of the team developing the lunar lander for the Artemis mission.

Alsindy was born in Baghdad and moved to Los Angeles in 2008, where she completed her studies at the University of California, San Diego. She went on to work on propulsion systems at Virgin Orbit and Boeing before joining Blue Origin. Via her ‘Arabian Stargazer’ social media accounts, she also engages in bilingual science education.