Artemis 2 will be the first NASA mission to launch a woman and a black person on a mission to the moon. Today is the US space agency’s announcement of the crew of the mission that should leave Kennedy Space Center in November 2024 or early 2025 at the latest. Reed Wiseman is a USAF pilot who was also head of the NASA Astronaut Office for a time. However, this is not his first time in space: he has already spent a few weeks on the International Space Station (ISS) in 2014. However, it was the “first fruits” of Christina Koch. An electronic engineer, she also holds a record: she’s the woman with the longest time in space, 328 days. Along with Jessica Meir, she was also the champion of the first women’s spacewalk. Victor Glover is also on the planned team: Formerly a certified Air Force pilot, he has been with NASA since 2013 and left for his first spaceflight in 2020. He was the first African American to inhabit the International Space Station for at least six months . Finally, Jeremy Hanson: Before joining the CSA he was a pilot in the Canadian Air Force. This will be his first time in space.
The Artemis-2 crew represents the thousands of people who work tirelessly to take us to the stars. This is their crew, this is our crew, this is humanity’s crew,” said NASA Administrator Bill Nelson. “NASA astronauts Reed Wiseman, Victor Glover, Christina Hammock Koch, and astronaut Jeremy Hansen each have their own story, but together they represent our credo: And He will fade away – Come on, many, one. Together, we usher in a new era of exploration for a new generation of stargazers and dreamers: the generation of Artemis,” Nelson added. By choosing a woman and a black person on the team, NASA is following through on a promise to increase the diversity of the teams that conduct their missions.
From here until mission launch, at the end of 2024 or beginning of 2025, the selected astronauts will participate in a period of intensive training. The selected team will not land directly on the moon, but will pave the way for a subsequent lunar landing mission, the first in 50 years. Artemis 1, between November and December 2022, tested, thanks to the ascent of three dummies equipped with sensors, what humans would encounter when they set out to recover the lunar surface. The other two stages envisioned in the program will follow: Artemis 2, which will reach lunar orbit, and finally Artemis 3, which anticipates the return of astronauts to lunar soil after more than half a century. The landing is not the only goal of the mission: the goal is to lay the foundations for the construction of a stable outpost on the satellite. A kind of base that in the future could pave the ground for further exploration, including the exploration of Mars.
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