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.
Here they are. @SenBillNelson announces the #Artemis II crew, the next astronauts to fly around the Moon:@Astro_Christina@Astro_Jeremy@AstroVicGlover@Astro_Reid— NASA (@NASA) April 3, 2023
We go together. https://t.co/XdUizg2Wye pic.twitter.com/6Yo4I2lKeJ
The @NASA Artemis II crewed mission around the Moon will inspire the next generation of explorers, and show every child – in America, in Canada, and across the world – that if they can dream it, they can be it. pic.twitter.com/X8q3GLTBiQ— President Biden (@POTUS) April 3, 2023
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."
Meet the first member of our #Artemis II Moon crew: mission specialist @Astro_Christina!— NASA (@NASA) April 3, 2023
Christina Koch visited the @Space_Station in 2019, where she took part in the first all-woman spacewalk. She began her career as an electrical engineer at @NASAGoddard. pic.twitter.com/mi82SayXUm
Representing the @csa_asc on #Artemis II to the Moon is @Astro_Jeremy, from London, Ontario.— NASA (@NASA) April 3, 2023
Jeremy Hansen was a fighter pilot before joining CSA, and currently works with NASA on astronaut training and mission operations. This will be Hansen’s first mission in space. pic.twitter.com/zIVetAQeFE
Our #Artemis II pilot is @AstroVicGlover!— NASA (@NASA) April 3, 2023
Victor Glover is part of our 2013 class of @NASA_Astronauts and was the pilot for NASA’s @SpaceX Crew-1 mission. He’s logged 3,000 flight hours in more than 40 different aircraft, and will pilot @NASA_Orion around the Moon. pic.twitter.com/P0zJ8pwaeL
...and rounding out our #Artemis II Moon crew: mission commander @Astro_Reid!— NASA (@NASA) April 3, 2023
Reid Wiseman lived & worked aboard the @Space_Station as a flight engineer in 2014. He also commanded the undersea research mission NEEMO21, and most recently served as Chief of the @NASA_Astronauts. pic.twitter.com/AincR66wpf