NASA Names Astronauts to Circle the Moon on Artemis II Mission

NASA tapped astronauts Christina Koch and Victor Glover for a team of four people to ride around the moon on the Artemis II crewed mission next year.

| Updated on: Apr 04 2023, 09:51 IST
In Pics: NASA set to return to the Moon with the Artemis 1 Mission
1/5 According to NASA, Artemis I will be the first uncrewed flight test of the Space Launch System rocket and the Orion spacecraft. The Orion capsule will carry various objects like Snoopy dog toy which will fly as a zero-gravity indicator in the capsule. A new version of Alexa called Callisto created by Lockheed Martin, Amazon, and Cisco will also be aboard the spacecraft. (REUTERS)
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2/5 The Artemis Programme is NASA’s first attempt to send a manned mission to the Moon since the Apollo missions in 1972. Earlier this month, NASA administrator Bill Nelson said, “To all of us that gaze up at the Moon, dreaming of the day humankind returns to the lunar surface, folks, we're here. We are going back.” (REUTERS)
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3/5 The rocket and the Orion spacecraft have already been rolled out onto the launchpad on August 16. Although the rollout was scheduled to happen today on August 18, NASA moved up the plans and rolled out the Orion spacecraft on top of NASA’s brand-new Space Launcher System. (REUTERS)
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4/5 When NASA launches the Artemis 1 mission using the Space Launcher System on August 29, the Orion spacecraft, although unmanned, will carry 3 manikins called Zohar, Helga and Campos to space as human stand-ins for various tests and studies. They will be retrofitted with a vast number of sensors to conduct tests regarding the spaceflight. (NASA)
5/5 ason Hutt, NASA lead for Orion Crew Systems Integration said, “It’s critical for us to get data from the Artemis I manikin to ensure all of the newly designed systems, coupled with an energy dampening system that the seats are mounted on, integrate together and provide the protection crew members will need in preparation for our first crewed mission on Artemis II.” (NASA)
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NASA announces crew for its Artemis II mission (From left, Jeremy Hansen, Victor Glover, Reid Wiseman and Christina Hammock Koch). (AP)

NASA tapped astronauts Christina Koch and Victor Glover for a team of four people to ride around the moon on the Artemis II crewed mission next year.

The pair will be joined by Canadian Jeremy Hansen and Reid Wiseman on the flight, the space agency said Monday at an event in Houston. Wiseman, the former chief of the astronaut office, will be Artemis II's commander.

Koch, who was previously part of NASA's all-women spacewalk, will be the first woman to go to deep space. Glover, the ship's pilot, will be the first person of color.

The announcement brings NASA a step closer to a mission that will return humans to the vicinity of the moon for the first time since the Apollo program roughly five decades ago. Through Artemis, NASA plans to land the first woman, the first person of color and the first astronaut from another country on the moon.

Artemis II, which will perform a lunar flyby, is scheduled for next year. That will be followed by Artemis III, landing astronauts on the moon's surface, currently scheduled for 2025.

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First Published Date: 04 Apr, 09:50 IST
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