NASA announced the crew of the Artemis II lunar mission

NASA has officially announced the crew of the Artemis II lunar mission, which is scheduled to launch in November 2024.

Crew Commander Gregory Reid Wiseman (USA). US Navy Captain, Test Pilot who flew the F-14 Tomcat, F/A-18 Hornet and F-35C Lightning II. Made one space flight on Soyuz TMA-13M (2014).

Pilot Victor J. Glover (USA). The captain of the US Navy, participated in the war in Iraq, did 24 sorties. Made one space flight on SpaceX Crew-1 (2020).

Mission Specialist Christina Koch (USA). Engineer, Bachelor of Science degrees in electrical engineering (2001) and physics (2002), Master of Science degree in electrical engineering (2002). Research associate of the US Antarctic Program, worked at the Amundsen-Scott and Palmer stations. Made one space flight on Soyuz MS-12/Soyuz MS-13 (2019). The record holder for staying in space among women (328 days 13 hours 58 minutes).

Mission Specialist Jeremy Hansen (Canada). Colonel of the Royal Canadian Air Force. Piloted CF-18. Bachelor of Science in space studies (1999), Master of Science in physics (2000). He has no space flight experience.

Artemis II is a lunar mission without landing on the surface of the satellite, during which the technologies necessary for the implementation of the Artemis III mission, which already includes the landing of people on the moon, will be researched. The duration of the Artemis II mission is 10 days. The launch of the SLS Block 1 launch vehicle with the Orion CM-003 spacecraft is scheduled for November 2023.

We will remind, in November 2022 during the Artemis I mission NASA tested an unmanned version of the Orion CM-002 spacecraft, which flew around the Moon and returned to Earth.