Lisa Watson-Morgan, a three-decade NASA veteran, has been appointed manager of a program to facilitate the development of a lunar lander to support manned missions to the moon by 2024 as part of the space agency’s Artemis program.
NASA said Monday that Watson-Morgan will oversee the development and testing of landing platforms and manage the integration of such systems with the Orion crew vehicle as part of her duties as Human Landing System program manager. The Space Launch System will launch the Orion spacecraft to transport Artemis explorers to and from the Gateway lunar platform, which will be used to facilitate missions to the moon’s surface.
Previously, Watson-Morgan served deputy director of the engineering directorate at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama. She joined NASA in 1989 and since then, has held leadership roles such as manager of the chief engineer’s office at Marshall and director of the spacecraft and vehicle systems department. She is also a recipient of a Meritorious Presidential Rank Award in 2018 and Exceptional Achievement Medal in 2010.