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Nujoud Merancy

Trailblazer in Space Exploration

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Pacific Northwest, USA

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Why Featured?

Leading NASA's Artemis Mission Planning

Brief bio

Nujoud Merancy is the Chief of the Exploration Mission Planning Office at NASA, where she plays a pivotal role in America's efforts to return to the Moon and future plans for human space exploration.

Major Milestones


  • Education: Earned a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the University of Washington and a Master's in Systems Engineering from the University of Houston Clear Lake...See More

  • Career at NASA: Began her career at NASA working on the International Space Station and later moved to the Orion spacecraft program...See More

  • Leadership Role: As Chief of the Exploration Mission Planning Office, she oversees the mission planning for the Artemis program...See More

  • Cultural Representation: Gained attention for incorporating Palestinian heritage into her professional presence at NASA.

  • Public Engagement: Became a social media figure and public speaker advocating for diversity and inclusion in STEM fields.

  • Artemis Mission Leadership: Spearheading the planning and execution of NASA’s Artemis missions, aiming to land the first woman and next man on the Moon.

  • Advocacy for Diversity: Actively promotes diversity within NASA and the broader aerospace community, emphasizing the importance of representation.

  • Engineering Innovations: Her work in developing mission trajectories and vehicle capabilities is crucial for the success of future lunar and interplanetary missions.

  • Educational Influence: Inspires young students, especially girls and minorities, to pursue careers in STEM through her public engagements and media appearances.

  • Cultural Integration: Brings visibility to Palestinian culture in a high-profile environment, challenging stereotypes and highlighting the contributions of Arab Americans to global science and technology initiatives.

Date of Last Update: 
May 9, 2024

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