Who is Raja Chari, whom NASA chose to send to the moon?

Who is Raja Chari, whom NASA chose to send to the moon?

The last time a man stepped on the moon was in 1972. This was the mission of the American Space Agency NASA. The name of the mission was Apollo 17. After this, NASA stopped sending humans to the moon. The space agency of some other country could never send humans to the moon

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In 2024, NASA wants to send man to the moon again. It will also include the first woman to go to the moon. This time NASA is not just going for a walk on the moon. This time a stay will have to be arranged there. By the end of this decade, NASA is preparing to make Sustainable Human Presence on the Moon. That is, there is a plan to make a human presence on the moon for a long time. The name of this NASA program is Artemis.

NASA has selected 18 astronauts for the Artemis program. Half of them are women and half are men. One of these names is Raja Chari. Full name King John Wurputur Chari. Raja Chari is the only person of Indian origin on this list.

Raja Chari was selected by NASA for the Astronaut Candidate Class in 2017. Prior to this he was the commander of the 461st Flight Test Squadron. He was also the director of the F-35 Integrated Test Force.

Raja graduated from the US Air Force Academy in 1999. Achieved Astronautical Engineering degree. He then went to MIT for a master's degree. Study of Aeronautics and Astronautics from here.

Raja is 43 years old. He grew up in Iowa, USA. Raja's father Srinivas Chari was born in India. Srinivas graduated from Osmania University in Hyderabad. After this, he went to America to earn a master's degree. And settled there. At the same time, King's mother Peggy is from Iowa. She says that Raja used to dream of becoming an astronaut since childhood.

The king considers his father as the inspiration. The king said -

My father came to this country (USA) to get a good education. He understood its importance. This affected my care. In my childhood, the entire focus was on education.