Space situational awareness expert Moriba Jah is joining the University of Arizona to direct a new space object behavioral sciences initiative encompassing satellite tracking and space traffic management.

“What MIT was for the Apollo space program, I’d like the UA to be for space domain awareness, leveraging world-class expertise in space object behavioral science,” Jah said in a Jan. 11 statement announcing his appointment.

Jah was a spacecraft navigator at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, charting courses for several Mars orbiters and landers before joining the Air Force Research Laboratory in 2007 to lead research programs in space object behavior assessment and prediction.

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