NASA has released a list of its latest astronauts, some of whom will be astronauts on lunar missions and eventually landing on Mars,media reported. Although NASA has added 11 new members this time, even so, the total number of active-duty astronauts allowed to carry out manned missions is still small. According to NASA, there are only 48 people currently working for the agency. Two other astronauts from the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) were also allowed to fly.
It’s the first batch of graduates since NASA announced its Artemis program.
NASA Artemis: A New Route to Space
Artemis is NASA’s vision for the future of sustainable use of space. While the goal of the plan appears to be to send another human to the moon by 2024 and then to Mars sometime in 2030, the real core of the plan is how NASA can combine its work with commerce.
This includes working with Boeing and SpaceX to develop new rockets such as SLS, orion modules and new lunar landers. In addition, the program will bring a new generation of Artemis spacesuits, which will be a major upgrade for existing designs. Astronauts will be able to expect more comfort and greater range of motion from the new spacesuit.
New astronauts on new missions
If Artemis’ road map goes ahead as planned, the first female astronaut and the next male astronaut will be on the moon in 2024. It will usher in a new era of lunar missions in the future, and it will build a temporary satellite to use as a navigation point for the final Mars mission.
In order to qualify, 11 new NASA astronauts and two CSA astronauts have completed more than two years of basic training. The 11 NASA astronauts are reported to be Kayla Barron, Zena Cardman, Raja Chari, Matthew Dominick, Bob Hines, Warren Hoburg, Jonny Kim, Jasmin Moghbeli, Loral O’Hara, Jessica Watkins, And Frank Rubio, two astronauts from CSA are Jennifer Sidey-Gibbons and Joshua Kutryk.
NASA says it is considering reopening the application process this spring to prepare for the next batch of candidates. At NASA’s first public graduation ceremony, the new astronauts were given a silver pin, which, according to tradition, would be once they completed their first space flight.
Astronauts train more than just spaceships.
Applicants have a lot to learn during the two-year astronaut training program. In addition to mastering NASA’s rocket technology for manned space missions, they need to learn how the International Space Station (ISS) system works, including spacewalk training. Other courses include proficiency in robotics and T-38 jets, as well as language courses. In addition, NASA and CSA astronauts need to learn Russian so they can better communicate with Russian astronauts on ISS.