NASA Reveals Astronauts Who Will Fly to the Moon Next Year

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Artemis II crew portrait. From left: NASA Astronauts Christina Koch, Victor Glover, Reid Wiseman, Canadian Space Agency Astronaut Jeremy Hansen. (Photo: NASA/Josh Valcarcel)

It's been more than 50 years since a human has flown to the Moon, but when NASA's Artemis II mission blasts off in 2024, four lucky astronauts will get this once-in-a-lifetime experience. The four-member crew includes three men and one woman, as well as the first non-U.S. citizen to make the voyage.

It was announced on Monday that NASA astronauts Reid Wiseman, Victor Glover, and Christina Koch will make the trip along with astronaut Jeremy Hansen from the Canadian Space Agency. This will be Wiseman, Glover, and Koch's second spaceflight. Wiseman, who is the Artemis II commander, previously spent more than 165 days in space, including almost 13 hours as lead spacewalker. He has also served as a flight engineer aboard the International Space Station.

Glover, who will serve as the Artemis II pilot, was the pilot on NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1. He spent 168 days in space as part of the flight and also served as a flight engineer. Koch holds the record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman with a total of 328 days in space and participated in the first all-female spacewalk.

While this is Hansen's first spaceflight, the Canadian astronaut has an incredible skill set. This colonel in the Canadian Armed Forces and former fighter pilot holds degrees in space science and physics and was the first Canadian entrusted with leading a NASA astronaut class.

“I could not be prouder that these brave four will kickstart our journeys to the Moon and beyond,” said Director of Flight Operations Norm Knight, NASA Johnson. “They represent exactly what an astronaut corps should be: a mix of highly capable and accomplished individuals with the skills and determination to take on any trial as a team. The Artemis II mission will be challenging, and we’ll test our limits as we prepare to put future astronauts on the Moon. With Reid, Victor, Christina, and Jeremy at the controls, I have no doubt we’re ready to face every challenge that comes our way.”

This second phase of Artemis comes after the successful launch of the Orion spaceship in November 2022. The crewless mission lasted 25.5 days before a successful splashdown off the coast of Mexico. Building on what was learned in this first phase, the astronauts will spend approximately 10 days on the flight test after launching on NASA's powerful Space Launch System Rocket. During that time, they will prove the Orion spacecraft’s life-support systems, and validate the capabilities and techniques needed for humans to live and work in deep space.

While Artemis II won't place the astronauts on the Moon, it's putting us one step closer to doing so. The goal of Artemis III is to land on the Moon, but that won't happen before 2025. Still, it's an exciting moment in the history of the space program. Shortly after the crew announcement, the astronauts even received a call from President Biden, who expressed his pride in their accomplishments.

“The world just is—just holds their breath when things like this happen,” Biden said. “And I know you know it, but the work you're doing is going to inspire countless people around our country and the world.”

NASA announced the four-person crew that will travel to the Moon in 2024 during the Artemis II mission.

These skilled astronauts are the first humans to fly to the Moon in over 50 years.

The crew received a congratulatory call from President Biden shortly after the announcement.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Staff Editor and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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