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NASA Announces The Four Astronauts To Helm The First Crewed Moon Mission In Five Decades

NASA announces the four astronauts to helm the first crewed moon mission in five decades. Reid Wiseman, Victor Glover, and Christina Koch from NASA, and Jeremy Hansen from the Canadian Space Agency have been selected to train for the historic Artemis II lunar flyby, which is set to take off in November 2024.

Daisy-Mae Schmitt
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NASA announces the four astronauts to helm the first crewed moon mission in five decades. Reid Wiseman, Victor Glover, and Christina Koch from NASA, and Jeremy Hansen from the Canadian Space Agency have been selected to train for the historic Artemis II lunar flyby, which is set to take off in November 2024.
Wiseman will serve as commander of the mission, while Hansen will be the first Canadian to travel to deep space. Glover piloted the second crewed flight of SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft in 2021.
Koch is a veteran of six spacewalks and holds the record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman. The Artemis II mission is expected to pave the way for the Artemis III mission later this decade, which NASA has vowed will put the first woman and person of color on the lunar surface.
Glover said during the Monday announcement at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston,
It’s so much more than the four names that have been announced. We need to celebrate this moment in human history. It is the next step in the journey that will get humanity to Mars.- One of the astronauts, Victor Glover

NASA announces crew for first trip back to the moon in over 50 years

NASA has been working on the Artemis program for over a decade to return people to the moon and establish a permanent lunar outpost. The Artemis II mission is a critical step in achieving that goal, and the selection of the four astronauts for the mission marks a significant milestone in NASA's efforts.

About The Mission

The Artemis II mission will provide an opportunity for NASA to test out its new technologies and capabilities, including the Orion spacecraft, the Space Launch System rocket, and the Gateway lunar orbiting outpost. It will also provide valuable information about the challenges of deep space travel, such as radiation exposure, isolation, and the long duration of the mission.
The crew members selected for the mission are all highly experienced and accomplished in their respective fields. Reid Wiseman, who will serve as commander of the mission, is a decorated naval aviator and test pilot with over 3,000 flight hours.
Victor Glover is a naval aviator who recently returned from a six-month stay on the International Space Station, and Christina Koch is a veteran of six spacewalks and holds the record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman. Jeremy Hansen, the only non-American member of the crew, is a fighter pilot and the first Canadian to be put in charge of training for a new class of NASA astronauts.
The Artemis program has faced several delays and setbacks over the years, but NASA remains committed to the goal of returning people to the moon and establishing a permanent human presence there. The program is seen as a stepping stone to future human exploration of Mars and other destinations in the solar system.
Artemis II is anticipated to pave the way for Artemis III, which NASA has promised will send the first woman and person of color on the lunar surface, later this decade. Also, it will be the first time since the Apollo program's conclusion in 1972 that people have set foot on the moon.
Later this decade, the Artemis III mission is anticipated to launch. However, a lot of the equipment needed for the expedition, such as lunar landers to transport the astronauts to the moon's surface and spacesuits for walking on the moon, is still under development.
NASA is aiming to launch Artemis III in 2025, but the inspector general of the space agency has already stated that delays will probably cause the mission to launch in 2026.

Conclusion

The selection of the Artemis II crew marks a major milestone in NASA's efforts to return humans to the moon and represents a significant achievement for the space agency and its partners. The mission is expected to launch in November 2024, and the crew members will begin training in preparation for this historic journey.
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