The astronauts who will helm the first crewed moon mission in five decades were revealed on Monday, as the four 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.
What is unique about this is the role Christina will play: She is a veteran of six spacewalks, including the first all-female spacewalk in 2019. She holds the record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman, with a total of 328 days in space.
She is also an electrical engineer who helped develop scientific instruments for multiple NASA missions AND she will be the first woman to travel to the moon!
The journey is expected to last about 10 days and will send the crew out beyond the moon, potentially further than any human has traveled in history, though the exact distance is yet to be determined.