Nasa selects first girl, first Black astronauts for Artemis II lunar flyby

Reuters | | Posted by Singh Rahul Sunilkumar

NASA on Monday named the primary girl and the primary African American ever assigned as astronauts to a lunar mission, introducing them as a part of the four-member workforce chosen to fly as early as subsequent yr on what could be the primary crewed voyage across the moon in additional than 50 years.

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz speaks whereas standing subsequent to the crew of the Artemis II area mission to the moon and again throughout an occasion of NASA in Houston, Texas, U.S., April 3, 2023. (REUTERS)

Christina Koch, an engineer who already holds the report for the longest steady spaceflight by a lady, was named as a mission specialist, together with Victor Glover, a U.S. Navy aviator, who was chosen because the Artemis II pilot. (ALSO READ: What Is NASAs Artemis 1 Mission?)

Glover, who was a part of the second crewed flight of a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, would turn out to be the primary astronaut of color ever to be despatched on a lunar mission.

Rounding out the four-member crew are Jeremy Hansen, the primary Canadian ever chosen for a flight to the moon, as a mission specialist, and Reid Wiseman, an Worldwide House Station veteran, named as Artemis II mission commander.

The Artemis II quartet have been launched at a televised information convention in Houston on the Johnson House Heart, NASA’s mission management base.

Artemis II will mark the debut crewed flight – however not the primary lunar touchdown – of an Apollo successor program aimed toward returning astronauts to the moon’s floor later this decade and finally establishing a sustainable outpost there, making a stepping stone to future human exploration of Mars.

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