NASA’s Artemis 2 lunar mission in 2024 will send the first astronauts around the moon in nearly 50 years. The mission will launch four astronauts around the moon on a lunar flyby aboard an Orion spacecraft using a Space Launch System rocket.
Artemis 2 is an eight day mission that will send three NASA astronauts and one Canadian Space Agency astronaut around the moon on a free-return trajectory. It is the last test flight before the Artemis 3 crewed moon landing mission in 2025.
See our complete coverage of the Artemis 1 mission below.
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How Artemis 2 moon astronauts will live in space
Artemis 2 crew members inspect their Orion crew module inside the high bay of the Neil A. Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, on Aug. 7, 2023. (Image credit: NASA)
The Artemis 2 astronauts and other personnel are testing living activities the crew will do on the 10-day moon mission, including sleeping, eating and of course, going to the bathroom. The four astronauts will spend all of their time in the Orion spacecraft, learning how to live and work together in a small space.
Read more: Here’s how Artemis 2 astronauts will exercise, sleep and use the toilet on their moon mission (photos)
Artemis 2 moon astronauts rehearse for launch day
The Artemis 2 moon crew during a launch simulation at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on Sept. 20, 2023. They stand on the crew access arm at Launch 39B, which will one day bring them to the waiting Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft. From left: NASA astronaut and pilot Victor Glover, Canadian Space Agency astronaut and mission specialist Jeremy Hansen, NASA astronaut and mission specialist Christina Koch, and NASA astronaut and commander Reid Wiseman. (Image credit: NASA/Frank Michaux)
The Artemis 2 moon astronauts practiced for launch day at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Wednesday (Sept. 20), complete with spacesuits and a drive to the launch pad to ascend the mobile launcher.
“I just had images of all those Apollo launches and shuttle launches that I saw as a kid and it was unreal,” Artemis 2 pilot Victor Glover said in a NASA statement. “I actually had to stop and just stay in the moment to really let it all sink in.”
Aboard the round-the-moon mission, slated to launch in late 2024, will be NASA commander Reid Wiseman, NASA pilot Victor Glover (the first person of color to leave Earth orbit), NASA mission specialist Christina Koch (the first woman to do so) and the Canadian Space Agency’s Jeremy Hansen (the first non-American).
Read more: Artemis 2 astronaut crew suits up for moon launch dress rehearsal (photos, video)
Artemis 2 moon astronauts do splashdown training with US Navy
Sailors with the U.S. Navy practice for Artemis 2 recovery operations on July 18, 2023 in operations done alongside NASA. Visible here are sailors with the helicopter sea combat squadron 23, the “Wildcards”, waiting for an MH-60S Seahawk to send down a recovery basket. The astronauts of Artemis 2 will use a similar recovery basket after returning to Earth via the ocean. (Image credit: U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Samoluk)
The Artemis 2 astronauts worked with the U.S. Navy team recently on splashdown operations. The Navy and NASA are training to recover the four-person crew, which will circle around the moon no earlier than November 2024, after they complete their 10-day mission.
While the crew familiarized themselves with the team and procedures, NASA and the Department of Defense practiced recovery operations nearby San Diego using equipment such as helicopters, boats and the USS John P. Murtha.
Read more: See Artemis 2 moon astronauts train with US Navy for Orion splashdown (photos, video)
NASA finishes first practice countdown for Artemis 2
The Artemis 2 launching team at NASA recently finished their first dress rehearsal to send four astronauts safely into space to go around the moon.
This crucial “sim” is one of many that NASA will do for the November 2024 mission. The mission includes NASA astronauts Reid Wiseman, Victor Glover and Christina Koch, along with Canadian Space Agency astronaut Jeremy Hansen.
Read more: NASA practices for 2024 launch of Artemis 2 moon mission
Artemis 2 astronauts deep in moon training
The Artemis 2 crew includes, from left: NASA astronaut and pilot Victor Glover, NASA astronaut and mission scientist Christina Koch, NASA astronaut and commander Reid Wiseman, and Canadian Space Agency astronaut and mission specialist Jeremy Hansen. (Image credit: NASA)
The first moon crew in 52 years, Artemis 2, includes a lot of diversity. They’ve been to the International Space Station, the U.S. Senate, in combat and in many other locations.
Now as the foursome — NASA’s Reid Wiseman, Victor Glover, Christina Koch and the Canadian Space Agency’s Jeremy Hansen — get ready for the moon, lead training officer Jacki Mahaffey told Space.com how she is using their experience in training.
Read more: How Artemis 2 astronauts are training for their 2024 moon mission
Artemis 2 crew member praises NASA supersonic jet
Artemis 2 astronaut Jeremy Hansen flying the T-38 aircraft. Behind him is fellow Canadian Space Agency astronaut Jenni Sidey-Gibbons. (Image credit: Jeremy Hansen/Facebook/Canadian Space Agency)
A moon astronaut recently honored the decades of supersonic trainer work that NASA has put in with its T-38s.
Artemis 2 Canadian Space Agency (CSA) astronaut Jeremy Hansen praised the supersonic T-38 trainer jet for its ability to keep astronauts on their toes while in flight. “We use these airplanes because they’re challenging,” Hansen said in a video released Tuesday (July 18) on the CSA’s social media channels.
Manufacturer Northrop Grumman says more than 72,000 U.S. Air Force pilots have trained in the T-38 since it first rolled off the line in 1961. Though it was only manufactured until 1972, more than 500 continue to be used by both the Air Force and NASA.
Read more: Artemis 2 moon astronaut explains risk of flying NASA’s supersonic training jet
3 Orion spacecraft line up for their moon missions
From left to right: The Orion spacecraft for Artemis 2, 3 and 4 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center bound for the moon. (Image credit: NASA/Marie Reed)
Three crew-carrying spacecraft are getting ready for their big moon missions.
The Orion capsules for the Artemis 2, Artemis 3 and Artemis 4 moon missions are coming together at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida under stewardship of contractor Lockheed Martin.
“The future of @NASA_Orion is looking pretty good,” Lockheed officials wrote on Twitter Friday (July 14) of the three spacecraft, each of which is expected to ferry astronauts to the moon starting in late 2024 or so.
Read more: These 3 Orion spacecraft will carry Artemis astronauts to the moon (photo)
Artemis 2 astronaut plays cowboy at Calgary Stampede
Artemis 2 astronaut Jeremy Hansen on board the horse Cisco while practicing for the Calgary Stampede in July 2023. (Image credit: Jeremy Hansen/Canadian Space Agency/Twitter)
Canadian Artemis 2 moon astronaut Jeremy Hansen, partnering with his borrowed horse Cisco, pretended to be a cowboy at Canada’s Calgary Stampede fair last week in the western province of Alberta.
NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, who flew on the space shuttle Columbia in 1986 while a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, also visited the event. The two appeared in flight suits and cowboy hats as part of the celebration of cowboy culture, which annually draws a million participants.
Read more: Yeehaw! NASA chief and Artemis 2 moon astronaut play cowboy for a day (photo)
Artemis 2 astronaut completes vision quest
Artemis 2 astronaut Jeremy Hansen took this picture of a totem pole during a vision quest with the Turtle Lodge. The lodge is situated on the Indigenous lands of Sagkeeng First Nation (also known as Fort Alexander), Manitoba, Canada, on the southern tip of Lake Winnipeg. (Image credit: Jeremy Hansen/Canadian Space Agency/Twitter)
An Artemis 2 astronaut recently finished a vision quest to help prepare for his upcoming trip around the moon.
Jeremy Hansen recently participated in the four-day Indigenous rite of passage as part of Artemis 2 mission training, the Canadian Space Agency astronaut tweeted.
“I would like to express my gratitude to Anishinaabe Elder David Courchene III ‘Sabe’ for the gracious invitation,” Hansen said of the ceremony, which took place at Turtle Lodge in Manitoba on the lands of the Sagkeeng First Nation (also known as Fort Alexander).
On Tuesday (June 13), Hansen added he has completed the ceremony and “I have a renewed appreciation for all that Mother Earth provides, especially water.”
Read more: Artemis 2 astronaut goes on vision quest to prepare for moon mission
Artemis 2 mission benefits from Canadian winter experience
Cold weather is helping to boost the fortunes of Canada in space, including its contributions to Artemis 2.
Astronaut Jeremy Hansen will the first non-American to leave low Earth orbit, alongside three NASA crewmates, no earlier than 2024. Canadian leader and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau argues that Canada’s winter experience is one big reason for its success in space.
Trudeau emphasized that working in Canada’s north helped with numerous kinds of technology, including the Canadarm robotic arm series that has provided Canadian astronaut seats for nearly 40 years.
The Arctic in particular represents “some of the harshest environments” available to humans, and Trudeau joked that when asked about why Canada does so well in space, he responds: “Obvious. Winter.”
Read more: Winter is coming: Artemis 2 moon mission gets boost from Canadian cold
Artemis 2 astronauts thrilled for moon mission
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The four astronauts of NASA’s Artemis 2 mission are thrilled, to say the least, to be on the crew that will send the first humans to the moon in more than 50 years. You can read our full story here.
Set to launch on a Space Launch System megarocket in 2024, NASA astronauts Reid Wiseman, Victor Glover, Christina Koch and Jeremy Hansen of the Canadian Space Agency will fly around the moon, much like Apollo 8, on their Orion spacecraft.
Here’s what they had to say of the mission today:
Commander Reid Wiseman: “This is a global effort, Artemis 2, and it’s only going to get larger with Artemis 3 and beyond as we get private spaceflight involved. SpaceX is building our lander for Artemis 3. So to the NASA workforce, to our program managers, our center directors that are here, the amazing political support that we feel right now to bring our country together to bring our entire world together to go explore to get to Mars and beyond, we say a huge thank you.”
Pilot Victor Glover: “We need to celebrate this moment in human history. Because Artemis two is more than a mission to the moon and it’s more than a mission that has to happen before we send people to the surface of the moon. It is the next step on the journey that gets humanity to Mars.
“Human spaceflight is like a relay race, and that baton has been passed generation to generation and from crew member to crew member from the Gemini, Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Apollo Soyuz, Skylab Mir, the shuttle, International Space Station, commercial crew and and now the Artemis missions. We understand our role in that. And when we have the privilege of having that baton. We’re going to do our best to run a good race to make you proud. I pray that God will bless this mission. But I also pray that we can continue to serve as a source of inspiration for cooperation and peace, not just between nations, but in our own nation.”
Mission specialist Christina Koch: “When I think about this mission, that’s a relay race with international partners, it’s all so awesome in and of itself.
“We are going to launch for Kennedy Space Center to the work of the exploration Ground Systems team. We’re going to hear the words go for launch on top of the most powerful rocket NASA’s ever made the Space Launch System, and we’re gonna ride that rocket for eight minutes into Earth orbit. We’re not going to go to the moon right away. We’re gonna stay in an amazing high orbit, reaching a peak of tens of thousands of miles while we test out all the systems on Orion and see how it maneuvers in space. And then if everything was good, we’re heading to the moon.
“It will be a four day journey, going a quarter of a million miles, continuing to test out every bit of Orion going around the far side of the moon, heading home going through the Earth’s atmosphere at over 25,000 miles per hour and splashing down in the Pacific. So am I excited? Absolutely. But my real question is Are you excited? I asked that because the one thing I’m most excited about is that we are going to carry your excitement, your aspirations, your dreams with us on this mission. Artemis to your mission.”
Mission specialist Jeremy Hansen: “Our scientists or engineers, the Canadian Space Agency, the Canadian Armed Forces across government, all of our leadership working together under a vision to take step by step and all of those have added up to this moment where a Canadian is going to the moon with our international partnership and it is glorious.”
Artemis 2 Moon Astronauts Revealed!
NASA’s Artemis 2 moon crew are unveiled to the world, standing on a stage at Ellington Field near Johnson Space Center in Houston on April 3, 2023. They are, from left: Mission Specialist Jeremy Hanson of Canada; and Pilot Victor Glover, Commander Reid Wiseman and Mission Specialist Christina Koch, all of NASA. (Image credit: NASA TV)
NASA chief Bill Nelson has unveiled the first astronaut crew to visit the moon in more than 50 years. They Artemis 2 crew are:
Commander Reid Wiseman, NASA
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Reid Wiseman, 47, spent 165 days in Earth orbit on his first mission, a 2014 flight to the ISS. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, and former fighter pilot for the U.S. Navy, he was selected for NASA’s 20th astronaut class in 2009. Wiseman recently served as chief of NASA’s astronaut office from 2020 to 2022.
Pilot Victor Glover, NASA
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Victor Glover, 46, became a NASA astronaut in 2013. He flew as pilot of SpaceX’s first operational crewed spaceflight (Crew-1) and logged 167 days on the ISS in 2021. Born in Pomona, California, he is an engineer and captain in the U.S. Navy. Glover was the first Black astronaut to serve on a space station crew.
Mission Specialist Christina Koch, NASA
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Christina Koch, 44, was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan and raised in Jacksonville, North Carolina. A member of NASA’s 21st astronaut class selected in 2013, Koch set a record aboard the International Space Station for the single longest mission by a woman at 328 days. During that 2019 stay, she was also one-half of the first-ever all-female spacewalk. Koch is an engineer and former U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) station chief.
Mission Specialist Jeremy Hansen, Canadian Space Agency
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Jeremy Hansen, 47, was chosen to join Canada’s astronaut corps in 2009. A colonel in the Royal Canadian Air Force, he was born in London, Ontario. Though Artemis 2 will be his first time in space, Hansen served as an aquanaut aboard the Aquarius underwater lab in 2014 and took a turn as a “cavenaut” as part of the European Space Agency’s CAVES astronaut training course the year prior.
NASA Artemis 2 moon crew announcement underway
NASA’s Artemis 2 moon astronaut crew reveal is underway live on NASA TV.
Speaking before a huge crowd at the Ellington Field in Houston, NASA’s chief astronaut Joe Acaba began by inviting the entire astronaut corps to the stage.
“Your Artemis 2 astronauts are in the room with you … I am not one of them,” he said.
Canada’s Prime Minister François-Philippe Champagne hailed the 60 year partnership of NASA + CSA and Canada’s contribution of the CanadArm3 for the Gateway station around the moon: “We’re going to the moon!” he cheered.
NASA Administrator Bill Nelson is now preparing to introduce the crew.
NASA to announce Artemis 2 crew today
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At long last, we’re going to learn which astronauts will fly NASA’s first crewed mission to the moon of the Artemis generation.
Today, April 3, NASA and the Canadian Space Agency will announce the four astronauts who will fly on the Artemis 2 mission around the moon in 2024. That crew is expected to include one Canadian astronaut and three NASA astronauts, but exactly who is yet to be revealed.
NASA will announce the crew in an event at Ellington Field near the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas at 11 a.m. EDT (1500 GMT). Space.com staff writer Elizabeth Howell is on scene at the event alongside contributor Robert Pearlman of collectSPACE.com.
You’ll be able to watch it live on Space.com, as well as at the top of this page at start time.
While we wait, here’s a nifty trailer from NASA for today’s Artemis 2 crew reveal.
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