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NASA Names 18 Astronauts Who Will Train For Moon Missions

Five NASA Artemis cadre astronauts take questions at Kennedy Space Center. Photo: NASA / Bettina Inclan / Twitter

NASA has named the Artemis cadre — a group of astronauts who will train for future missions to the moon.

Nine men and nine women will start training for a future mission to the moon, which could happen sometime in the mid 2020s.

Vice President Mike Pence announced the selection Wednesday at the National Space Council meeting at Kennedy Space Center. “My fellow Americans I give you the heroes of America who will carry us to the future and beyond — the Artemis generation.”

NASA will fly two uncrewed missions of the Artemis program before launching astronauts on Artemis III. All NASA moon missions will launch on the agency’s SLS rocket from the Kennedy Space Center.

There were no flight assignments yet so it’s unclear who will be the first to walk on the moon in more than 50 years. “This is the first cadre of our Artemis astronauts,” said NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine.  “I want to be clear, there’s going to be more.”

Two of the astronauts selected, Victor Glover and Kate Rubins, are currently in space onboard the International Space Station.

NASA’s Artemis Cadre:

  • Joe Acaba
  • Kayla Barron
  • Raja Chari
  • Matthew Dominick
  • Victor Glover
  • Warren Hoburg
  • Jonny Kim
  • Christina H. Koch
  • Kjell Lindgren
  • Nicole A. Mann
  • Anne McClain
  • Jessica Meir
  • Jasmin Moghbeli
  • Kate Rubins
  • Frank Rubio
  • Scott Tingle
  • Jessica Watkins
  • Stephanie Wilson

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Brendan Byrne

About Brendan Byrne

Space Reporter and 'Are We There Yet?' Host

Brendan covers space news for WMFE, everything from rocket launches to the latest scientific discoveries in our universe. He hosts WMFE's weekly radio show and podcast "Are We There Yet?" which explores human space exploration. Brendan is a native Floridian, born and raised in Broward County. He moved to ... Read Full Bio »