Indian-American astronaut Raja Chari, to join the Artemis team for NASA

NASA has selected an initial team of 18 astronauts, including Indian-American astronaut Raja Chari, to form Team Artemis and help pave the way for upcoming lunar missions, including sending the first woman and next man to walk. on the lunar surface in 2024..

US Vice President Mike Pence introduced members of Team Artemis Wednesday during the eighth meeting of the National Space Council at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

“I present to you the heroes who will take us to the Moon and beyond: the Artemis Generation,” said Vice President Mike Pence.

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“It is amazing to think that the next man and the first woman on the Moon are among the names we just read. Team Artemis astronauts are the future of American space exploration, and that future is bright. “

Team Artemis astronauts come from a wide range of backgrounds, knowledge and experience. The agency’s modern lunar exploration program will land the first woman and next man on the Moon in 2024 and establish a sustainable human lunar presence by the end of the decade.

NASA said it will announce the flight assignments for the astronauts later, drawing from Team Artemis. The US space agency said additional members of Team Artemis, including international partner astronauts, will join this group, as needed. Chari joined the Astronaut Corps in 2017. A colonel in the United States Air Force, she grew up in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

The Artemis Team astronauts are the future of American space exploration. Wikimedia Commons

He received a bachelor’s degree in astronautical engineering and a master’s degree in aeronautics and astronautics. The graduate of the US Naval Test Pilot School worked on the F-15E upgrades and then the F-35 development program, before coming to NASA. His father, Sreenivas V. Chari, emigrated from Hyderabad.

“We are incredibly grateful for the President and Vice President’s support of the Artemis program, as well as bipartisan support for all of NASA’s science, aeronautical research, technology development and human exploration goals,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. .

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“As a result, we are excited to share this next step in exploration: appointing the Artemis Team of astronauts who will lead the way, which includes the first woman and the next man to walk on the lunar surface.”

Astronauts from Team Artemis will help NASA prepare for the upcoming Artemis missions, which will begin next year by working with the agency’s business partners as they develop human landing systems; assist in the development of training; definition of hardware requirements and consulting in technical development.

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“We have a lot of exciting work ahead of us as we return to the moon, and it will take the entire astronaut corps for that to happen,” said Chief Astronaut Pat Forrester. “Walking on the lunar surface would be a dream come true for any of us, and any part we can play to achieve it is an honor.”

Members of Team Artemis also include Joseph Fin, Kayla Barron, Matthew Dominick, Victor Glover, Warren Hoburg, Jonny Kim, Christina Hammock Koch, Kjell Lindgren, Nicole A. Mann, Anne McClain, Jessica Meir, Jasmin Moghbeli, Kate Rubins Frank Rubio, Scott Tingle, Jessica Watkins, and Stephanie Wilson. (IANS)