NASA has announced the crew for its upcoming Artemis II mission, which is set to take place next year. The mission involves travelling around the Moon to test the route for future missions. The crew members are Christina Koch, Victor Glover, Reid Wiseman, and Jeremy Hansen. They will represent the best of humanity as they explore space for the benefit of all.
The crew is notable for several reasons. Christina Koch will be the first woman on a lunar mission, while Victor Glover will be the first person of color. Jeremy Hansen is the first Canadian astronaut on a lunar mission. Reid Wiseman, a US Navy pilot, will serve as the mission’s commander.
Although the crew won’t be setting foot on the Moon during this mission, their important space trip will pave the way for an eventual lunar landing. They will begin a period of intense training to prepare for the mission.
Artemis is a three-part series of increasingly complex missions aimed at putting a man and a woman on the Moon before the end of 2025. The first mission, Artemis I, successfully tested the Moon mission kit without any astronauts on board. The Artemis III mission will land astronauts on the Moon for the first time since the Apollo missions of the last century.
The Artemis missions are an exciting development in space exploration, and children can learn more about them by checking out NASA’s website or following the news updates.