Nasa names 18 astronauts for new moon missions

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NASA has named 18 astronauts, including nine women, who will start training for the United States space agency's Artemis missions to the moon. A team of nine men and nine women astronauts have been chosen for the mission under NASA's Artemis program.

An Indian-American is among the 18 astronauts selected by NASA for its manned mission to the Moon and beyond.

Victor Glover, 44, is also now in space, where he's become the first African-American to spend an extended amount of time on the International Space Station.

McClain had been scheduled to be part of the first all-female spacewalk in history, but a reported lack of equipment led to its cancellation. Besides the 18 members, additional people, including astronauts from global partners will join this group as needed.

"It is awesome to think that the next man and first woman on the Moon are among the names that we just read", Vice President Mike Pence said at the announcement.

According to a PTI report, the astronauts on the Artemis Team come from a diverse range of backgrounds, expertise and experience.

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The group mostly includes astronauts in their 30s or 40s, with the youngest being 32 and the oldest being 55. The U.S. Navy Commander earned a bachelor's degree in general engineering and master's degrees in flight test engineering, systems engineering, and military operational art and science.

She also addressed the potential glass-ceiling-shattering achievement of being the first woman on the moon. "I want to be clear: there's going to be more". "And both of those scenarios are beyond my wildest dreams when I was a kid".

"NASA Aeronautics shared a video on Twitter where Chari speaks about his life and journey towards becoming an astronaut".

Barron was named to the astronaut corps in 2017. Commenting on the manned moon travel project, Trump said, "Under my administration, we are bringing NASA to its former position, we will go back to the Moon and then to Mars".

NASA envisions a future in which the Gateway and Moon act as hubs for commercial activity as well as science and research, and so the HLS was created to foster the creation of landing systems that can also serve private company customers in addition to the agency.

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