NASA Names Diverse Astronaut Crew for Artemis II Moon Mission

Apr 4, 2023 1 comments



Get ready to blast off, because NASA is gearing up for an out-of-this-world adventure! After a long hiatus from the moon, the space agency has chosen four lucky astronauts to take on the Artemis II mission and relive one of humanity's greatest feats.


Meet the space-savvy squad: Reid Wiseman, Victor Glover, Jeremy Hanson, and Christina Koch. These cosmic trailblazers will soon be orbiting the moon and making history once again. Let's hope they remember to bring back some moon rocks for us earthlings to ogle over!

What makes it more refreshing and historic is that among the four selected astronauts, Victor Glover is the first Black astronaut, and Christina Koch, meanwhile is the first-ever woman to have been assigned in the lunar mission! A well-represented leap-off right?


Christina Koch is a 44-year-old engineer, who was assigned as mission specialist. She was also part of NASA's first three all-female spacewalks, and holds the record of a woman with the “longest continuous spaceflight.”

Victor Glover, meanwhile, is a 46-year-old US Navy aviator and veteran of four spacewalks who NASA has assigned as the pilot of the voyage.

Added to the flyby was Jeremy Hansen, a Royal Canadian Air Force colonel and first Canadian ever chosen for a flight to the moon, who is assigned as a mission specialist. Finally, another former US Navy fighter pilot, Reid Wiseman is named as mission commander. 


“The objective of the 10-day Artemis II journey around the moon and back, is to demonstrate that all of Orion’s life-support apparatus and other systems will operate as designed with astronauts aboard in deep space.

 Artemis II will venture some 6,400 miles (10,300 km) beyond the far side of the moon before returning, marking the closest pass humans have made to Earth’s natural satellite since Apollo 17, which carried Gene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt to the lunar surface in December 1972.” - written by Reuters in the article NASA names woman, Black astronauts to Artemis II crew in lunar first.

This is another soon to be materialized action, which will again serve as a proof of humanity's courage, and capability to transcend to another dimension. The Earth is our living place, but we are always fascinated with what is on the outside of us, just like our exploration on Mars, right? And also because probably, there are also other beings outside, just like us! As early as next year, expect another milestone that we are about to achieve, as soon as they take-off! 




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