By Benjamin Suciu
NASA just picked four people for a space flight around the moon. According toÂ bbc.comÂ Reid Wiseman, Victor Glover, Christina Koch, and Jeremy Hansen will be the four astronauts in this flight. Reid Wiseman will be the leader of this crew during the space flight while Victor Glover will pilot the spacecraft. Christina Koch and Jeremy Hansen will provide additional support to this missionÂ aroundÂ theÂ moon. All theÂ astronauts pickedÂ byÂ NASA haveÂ beenÂ toÂ space exceptÂ for Jeremy Hansen. In fact, according toÂ npr.orgÂ the leader of this mission and the pilot have both flownÂ inÂ space onÂ flightsÂ toÂ theÂ InternationalÂ SpaceÂ Station.Â ChristinaÂ KochÂ hasÂ beenÂ inÂ spaceÂ for 328 days. A mission like this one has not happened since 1968.
According to nasa.gov the space flight planned by NASA in 1968 was referred to as Apollo 8.
This mission will be called Artemis 2 since it is the second phase of the Artemis program. The first phase of this program-the first phase was called Artemis 1-was more of a test of new technology that will be used in Artemis 2, and because Artemis 1 was a test it was unmanned. The new technology that was being tested for Artemis 1 was a spacecraft that will be used in Artemis 2 called Orion. Orion was launched for the first phase of Artemis on November 16, 2022, according to nasa.gov. The mission lasted for 25 days and was a general success although according to npr.org there were some slight issues like bad weather and a gas leak.
Artemis 2, the second phase of this space program, will launch the four astronauts picked by NASA sometime in late 2024 or early 2025. According toÂ abc.go.comÂ andÂ bbc.comÂ after the announcement that was made in Houston Texas on April 3, 2023, at NASA Johnson Space Centerâ€™sÂ EllingtonÂ field theÂ 4Â astronautsÂ willÂ undergo trainingÂ for theÂ ArtemisÂ 2 mission.Â After Artemis 2, the third phaseÂ of theÂ Artemis programÂ which willÂ be referred to as Artemis 3, itÂ is plannedÂ tohaveÂ astronautsÂ landÂ andÂ setÂ footÂ onÂ theÂ moon. AccordingÂ toÂ ucf.eduÂ thereÂ willÂ beÂ three otherÂ missions afterÂ Artemis 3.Â TheÂ pointÂ ofÂ theÂ Artemis programÂ is toÂ returnÂ humans backÂ to the moon so humans can eventually travel to mars and asteroids to mine metals that may be worth a lot of money. At Texas where the announcement was made Victor Glover confirms NASAâ€™sÂ planÂ toÂ travel toÂ MarsÂ whenÂ heÂ said,Â â€œWeÂ need toÂ celebrate thisÂ momentÂ inÂ humanÂ historyÂ because Artemis-2 is more than a mission to the Moon and back; itâ€™s more than a mission that must happen before we send people to the surface of the Moon. It is the next step on the journey that gets humanity to Marsâ€ According toÂ npr.orgÂ the estimated cost of this space flight will be over $4 billion dollars.Â