Team Artemis no longer exists.
NASA will consider all of the agency’s astronauts for missions to the moon Artemis when it makes seat assignments, the agency announced Friday (Aug. 8). This initiative backs up a 2020 announcement that selected 18 astronauts for such missions, which NASA called “Team Artemis.”
“The way I see it, any of our 42 active astronauts is eligible for an Artemis mission,” said NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman, who is the chief of the astronaut office at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. in Houston, during a live briefing Friday. . “We want to assemble the right team for this mission.”
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The agency released the news as the Artemis 1 mission prepares to return to the pad on August 18 for a launch to the Moon no earlier than August 29. This mission will test the Space Launch System (SLS) megarocket and the Orion spacecraft to prepare. for future manned missions to the lunar surface, if all goes according to plan.
Wiseman promised that Artemis 2’s assignments would be announced shortly, and said astronauts would be “cutting down the door” to secure a spot for all future lunar missions. “We expect it to be by the end of the year,” he said of Artemis 2 allocations; This mission is scheduled to launch no earlier than 2024.
The list of eligible astronauts appears to have expanded even further in recent months as NASA modified lifetime radiation exposure requirements to give equal assessments regardless of age or gender.
In the past, female astronauts said they faced discrimination under the old requirements, which allowed men to accumulate more radiation and, in turn, more time in space. NASA solicited feedback from the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine recently for newer standards, which the academies endorsed in a 2021 report (opens in a new tab).
Wiseman, calling the previous radiation standards “draconian,” said everything is now “evened out,” adding: “It doesn’t matter if you’re a man, if you’re a woman. It’s exactly the same.”
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All genders will be eligible for Artemis along with all ages, with the current astronaut corps ranging from 20 to 60 years old. “As long as you’re healthy, we’ll load you into a rocket and shoot you off the planet,” Wiseman said.
Artemis 2 will include a Canadian on board in exchange for the country’s commitment to build a robotic arm called Canadarm3 to service the Gateway space station. (Canada has yet to name its astronaut, but will likely do so at the same time as NASA; the country’s space agency has four active astronauts.) (opens in a new tab).)
So far, no other international astronaut slots have been confirmed for this first lunar mission, which will see a crew in lunar orbit before the Artemis 3 crew lands. European and Japanese astronauts may be candidates for Artemis 2 and Artemis 3, given their nations’ large contributions to the program.
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