Four crew members of the Artemis II mission announced
America’s space agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on Monday announced four crew members to send a mission to the Moon after 50 years. For the first time, a woman and a black have been included in these.
All will be sent aboard the Orion capsule on a 10-day Artemis II mission from the Kennedy Space Center in late 2024. All members will orbit the Moon and return to Earth. A year later, two crew members would be landed on the Moon.
Last year, under this program, the unmanned Orion capsule has been sent back to the Moon. NASA Administrator Bill Nelson described the selected members as ‘crew members of humanity’.
included in the mission
Reed Wiseman, mission commander, Victor Glover, Navy pilot (African-American), Christina Koch: Longest woman in space, Jeremy Henson: Canadian. For the first time a black member has been included in these.
The first lunar mission in which non-Americans were also
This is the first lunar mission in which a non-American will also be a crew member. The crew consists of three American and one Canadian citizen.
Sent 24 astronauts to the moon so far
NASA sent 24 astronauts to the moon from 1968 to 1972 under the Apollo program. Of these, 12 were landed on the moon. Except for geologist Harrison Schmidt, all were military-trained pilots. Apollo 17 was the last mission.
We are going to ride the most powerful rocket in the world, we will reach the peaks of thousands of miles. Will test all systems, then proceed to the Moon. We are going to take with us the enthusiasm, aspirations and dreams of the world in this mission. -Christina Koch
Know the first woman involved in the lunar mission
Astronaut Christina joined NASA in 2013 and served as a flight engineer on several missions. He is MSc in Electrical Engineering. Prior to becoming an astronaut, Christina spanned both space science instrument development and remote scientific field engineering. His career began as an electrical engineer at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.