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It's been over 50 years since humans set foot on the moon, but when NASA's Artemis II mission launches in 2024, four lucky astronauts will have this once-in-a-lifetime experience. increase. His crew of four, three men and one woman, was the first non-U.S. citizen to join the trip. 

 NASA astronauts Reed Wiseman, Victor Glover and Christina Koch will travel with Canadian Space Agency astronaut Jeremy Hansen, it was announced Monday. This will be Weisman, Glover and Koch's second space flight. Wiseman, commander of Artemis II, has spent more than 165 days in space so far, of which he has spent nearly 13 hours as the lead spacewalker. He  also served as a flight engineer aboard the International Space Station.

Artemis II pilot Glover was a pilot of NASA's SpaceX Crew-1. As part of his flight, he spent his 168 days in space  and also served as his flight engineer. Koch holds the record for his longest single space flight by a woman, a total of 328 days in space, and participated in the first all-female spacewalk. 

Although this will be Hansen's first space flight, the Canadian astronauts are incredibly skilled. The Canadian Army Colonel and former fighter pilot, who holds degrees in space science and physics, was the first Canadian to be trusted to lead NASA's astronaut class. "I'm very proud that these brave four will be launching our voyages to the moon and beyond," said Norm Knight, Director of Flight Operations, NASA Johnson. “They represent exactly what an astronaut corps should be: a combination of highly capable and experienced individuals with the skills and determination to take on any challenge as a team. The Artemis II mission will be challenging and we will test our skills as we prepare to send future astronauts to the moon. With Reed, Victor, Christina and Jeremy at the helm, I have no doubt that we are ready to take on any challenge that comes our way."

This second phase of Artemis follows the successful launch of the Orion spacecraft in November 2022. The unmanned mission lasted 25.5 days before successfully landing off the coast of Mexico.

Based on what was learned in this first phase, the astronauts will conduct flight tests for about 10 days  after launching  NASA's  Space Launch System on a high-powered rocket. During this time, they will test the Orion spacecraft's life support systems and validate the skills and methods humans need to live and work in  space.

While Artemis II won't be sending astronauts to the moon, this brings us one step closer. Artemis III's goal  is to land on the moon, but that won't happen until 2025. Still, this is an exciting moment in the history of the space program. Shortly after the crew announcement, the astronauts even received a call from President Biden, who was proud of their accomplishments. 

"The world is just like that -- just held its breath when things like this happen," Biden said. "And I know you know this, but your work will inspire countless people in our country and around the world."

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