NASA Announces Astronauts for Moon-Bound Artemis Mission

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has officially revealed the list of 18 astronauts to form a team that would help the agency fulfill its mission to return to the moon as part of its Artemis program.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has officially revealed the list of 18 astronauts to form a team that would help the agency fulfill its mission to return to the moon as part of its Artemis program.

Vice President Mike Pence announced the list of astronauts from NASA’s corps that would join the Artemis Team during the eighth National Space Council meeting in Florida on Wednesday.

“I give you the heroes who will carry us to the Moon and beyond – the Artemis Generation,” Pence said during the meeting. “It is amazing to think that the next man and first woman on the Moon are among the names that we just read. The Artemis Team astronauts are the future of American space exploration – and that future is bright.”

According to the U.S. space agency, the astronauts selected for the program are individuals that came from “a diverse range of backgrounds, expertise, and experience.”

NASA targets to send the first woman and the next man on the moon through its lunar exploration mission in 2024. It also aims to help the agency form a “sustainable human lunar presence” by the end of the decade.

The astronauts selected as candidates for NASA’s lunar exploration mission are:

  • Joseph Acaba, 
  • Kayla Barron, 
  • Raja Chari, 
  • Matthew Dominick, 
  • Victor Glover, 
  • Warren Hoburg, 
  • Jonny Kim, 
  • Christina Hammock Koch, 
  • Kjell Lindgren, 
  • Nicole Mann, 
  • Anne McClain, 
  • Jessica Meir, 
  • Jasmin Moghbeli, 
  • Kate Rubins, 
  • Frank Rubio, 
  • Scott Tingle, 
  • Jessica Watkins, and 
  • Stephanie Wilson.

In NASA’s post on its official website, it said that it would continue working together with its commercial and international partners, adding that it would use all the things that it would learn “on and around” the moon to send astronauts to Mars.

“There is so much exciting work ahead of us as we return to the moon, and it will take the entire astronaut corps to make that happen,” said Patrick Forrester, the chief of NASA’s Astronaut Office. “Walking on the lunar surface would be a dream come true for any one of us, and any part we can play in making that happen is an honor.”


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