NASA Names Artemis II Moon Mission Astronauts

By Jack Beringer, The Chicago Times

April 4, 2023

HOUSTON – NASA and the Canadian Space Agency announced Monday the four Artemis astronauts who will orbit the Moon on the Orion spacecraft.

During an event at Ellington Field near the Johnson Space Center in Houston, NASA announced that astronauts Commander Reid Wiseman, Pilot Victor Glover, Mission Specialist 1 Christina Hammock Koch, and Mission Specialist 2 Jeremy Hansen have been chosen for the Artemis II mission which will execute an ambitious flight test of the Orion spacecraft.

NASA’s Artemis II mission (left to right): NASA astronauts Christina Hammock Koch, Reid Wiseman (seated), Victor Glover, and Canadian Space Agency astronaut Jeremy Hansen. Photo: NASA

NASA’s planned 10-day Artemis II flight test mission will launch on the agency’s powerful Space Launch System rocket, the successor to the venerated Saturn V rocket, to prove the Orion spacecraft’s life-support systems, and validate the capabilities and techniques needed for humans to live and work in deep space.  

Artemis II will build upon the successful unmanned Artemis I mission completed last December.  The Artemis program was developed to pave the way for long-term human exploration missions to the Moon and beyond to Mars.