NASA Names 18 Astronauts For New Artemis Moon Landing Programme
NASA Names Artemis Team of Astronauts Eligible for Early Moon Missions
NASA has named 18 astronauts for their new Artemis Moon Landing programme. The team comprises of the next group who will pave the way for the next human missions to orbit and land on the moon. The last took place with the Apollo program that ended in 1972.
Vice President Mike Pence introduced the members of the Artemis Team during the eighth National Space Council meeting at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. “I give you the heroes who will carry us to the Moon and beyond – the Artemis Generation,” said Vice President Mike Pence
“My fellow Americans, I give you the heroes of the future who’ll carry us back to the Moon and beyond – the Artemis generation.” – @VP Pence introduces the #Artemis team of 18 @NASA_Astronauts, including 5 attending the Space Council, who’ll prepare us for missions to the Moon. pic.twitter.com/NyocHHlf2v
— Moonbound with #Artemis (@NASA) December 9, 2020
The team comprises of the first woman and next U.S. man to step foot on the moon. The team members are Joe Acaba; Kayla Barron; Raja Chari; Matt Dominick; Victor Glover; Woody Hoburg; Jonny Kim; Kjell Lindgren; Nicole Mann; Anne McClain; Jessica Meir; Jasmin Moghbeli; Christina Koch; Kate Rubins; Frank Rubio; Scott Tingle; Jessica Watkins; and Stephanie Wilson comprise the Artemis astronaut team.
Acaba, Dominick, McClain, Meir, and Watkins attended the announcement in person, representing their teammates.
The agency’s modern lunar exploration program will land the first woman and next man on the Moon in 2024 and establish a sustainable human lunar presence by the end of the decade.