NASA unveils Artemis II astronauts flying around the moon in 2024

NASA Administrator Invoice Nelson, middle, stands with the crew of the Artemis II mission, from left: Jeremy Hansen, Victor Glover, Reid Wiseman, and Christina Koch.

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The Nationwide Aeronautics and House Administration on Monday introduced the 4 astronauts who will fly on the company’s upcoming mission across the moon, at present scheduled for late 2024.

Often called the Artemis II mission, the spaceflight will carry three People and one Canadian: Reid Wiseman, Victor Glover and Christina Koch from NASA, and Jeremy Hansen from the Canadian House Company.

Wiseman is the mission’s commander and Glover is the pilot, whereas Hansen and Koch are mission specialists.

Artemis II follows the uncrewed Artemis I mission, which accomplished a virtually month-long journey across the moon late final yr. The Artemis program represents a sequence of missions with escalating targets. The third – tentatively scheduled for 2025 – is anticipated to return astronauts to the lunar floor for the primary time for the reason that Apollo period.

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The Artemis II mission will launch on NASA’s House Launch System rocket, with the Orion capsule carrying the astronauts on a 10-day journey to the moon and again. Whereas Artemis II will not land on the moon, it should make a close to go above the floor and display the Orion spacecraft’s capacity to move folks safely.

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