(AMP.) NASA enlists a woman and an African American to return to the Moon

Madrid, April 3. (Press Europe) –

NASA introduced the first 4 astronauts, including a woman and an African American, who will attend the Artemis missions, which the agency plans to return to the Moon, 50 years after the Apollo missions.

At a huge event held at the Space Agency’s Johnson Center in Houston, led by Chief Astronaut Joe Acaba, the chosen people who will venture to the regions around the moon on the Artemis II mission were announced. Its launch is scheduled for 2024, as confirmed by Bill Nelson, Administrator of NASA.

These are Americans Gregory R. Wiseman, as commander, African-American Victor J. Glover as pilot, mission specialists Christina Koch, also from NASA, and Jeremy Hansen, an astronaut from the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). Canada is a leading partner of NASA in the development of the Artemis program.

Reid Wiseman lived and worked aboard the International Space Station as a flight engineer in 2014. He also led the NEEMO21 underwater research mission and most recently served as chief astronaut at NASA.

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Victor Glover is part of NASA’s Astronaut Class of 2013 and was the pilot for the Crew 1 mission that was contracted by SpaceX to fly to the International Space Station. He has logged 3,000 flight hours in more than 40 different aircraft and will be the first pilot of an Orion, in this case flying around the Moon.

Canadian Jeremy Hansen was a fighter pilot before joining the Canadian Space Agency and currently works with NASA in astronaut training and mission operations. This will be Hansen’s first mission into space.

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Christina Koch visited the space station in 2019, where she participated in the first Women’s Space Walk. She began her career as an electrical engineer at Goddard.

The entire team will travel aboard NASA’s Orion spacecraft on the first manned flight test of the Artemis program, the agency’s plan to establish a long-term scientific and human presence on the moon.

The mission, which will last about 10 days, will test the life support systems of the Orion spacecraft, attached to the ESA Service Module, to demonstrate the capabilities and technologies needed to live and work in deep space in a place suitable for humans, NASA reports. .

Artemis II builds on the successful Artemis I flight test, which launched an uncrewed Orion spacecraft, mounted on an SLS rocket, on a journey some 2.25 million kilometers behind the Moon to test the systems before launch. Astronauts fly aboard systems on a mission rocket to the lunar surface.

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