"Astronauts who will helm the first crewed moon mission in five decades were
revealed on Monday, queuing up the quartet to begin training for the historic
Artemis II lunar flyby that is set to take off in November 2024.
The astronauts are NASA’s Reid Wiseman, Victor Glover and Christina Koch, and
Jeremy Hansen of the Canadian Space Agency.
Wiseman is a 47-year-old decorated naval aviator and test pilot who was first
selected to be a NASA astronaut in 2009. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, he’s
completed one prior spaceflight, a 165-day trip to the International Space
Station that had launched aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket in 2014. Most recently,
Wiseman served as chief of the astronaut office before stepping down in
November 2022, making him eligible for a flight assignment.
Wiseman will serve as commander of the Artemis II mission.
Hansen, 47, is a fighter pilot who was selected by the Canadian Space Agency
for astronaut training in 2009. From London, Ontario, Hansen is one of only
four active Canadian astronauts, and he recently became the first Canadian to
be put in charge of training for a new class of NASA astronauts.
He will be the first Canadian ever to travel to deep space."
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