There will be exactly 4 astronauts who will make up the Artemis II mission in 2024, 3 Americans and a Canadian, including the first woman to reach the moon.
The NASA Artemis program team continues to prepare for the new lunar landing that the space agency says will take place in late 2025, and training the crew that will make this important space journey is a fundamental part of the next mission: Artemis II.
NASA and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) announce it next April 3 to the four astronauts who will venture to the vicinity of the moon on the Artemis II mission, scheduled for late 2024.
The astronauts – three Americans and one Canadian – will travel aboard the Orion spacecraft during the first crewed flight test of the Artemis programthe agency’s plan to establish a long-term scientific and human presence on the lunar surface.
The mission, of about 10 dayswill put the Orion spacecraft’s life support systems to the test to demonstrate the capabilities and techniques needed to live and work in deep space in ways only humans can.
Likewise, this second flight allows us to verify that the ship has the necessary conditions to keep the crew in optimal conditions during the voyage.
What will Artemis II consist of?
Artemis II builds on the successful Artemis I flight test, in which an unmanned Orion spacecraft mounted on the SLS rocket was launched on a journey some 2.25 million kilometers beyond the moon to test the systems before they were released. mission to the moon.
Remarkable, Artemis II does not mean a moon landing as such, the ship, as with Artemis I, will approach the lunar surface without landing and will orbit it for a few weeksonly to return to Earth with his crew later.
The landing could eventually take place in 2025according to NASA plans, with the Artemis III mission, which the Highlight of the program and will allow humans to set foot on the moon more than 50 years after the Apollo 17 moon landing.
Get ready – on April 3 @POT will announce the first #Artemis astronauts who will orbit the moon.
These four star sailors will fly on Artemis II, representing the next big step toward long-term exploration and discovery on the moon: https://t.co/Ray4tJyBzF pic.twitter.com/e9hdbX3a6U
— NASA Artemis (@NASAArtemis) March 10, 2023