NASA has announced the four astronauts who will participate in the Artemis mission to return to the Moon, after a 50-year gap. Christina Koch will be the first woman astronaut assigned to a lunar mission, while Victor Glover will be the first black astronaut to participate. They will be joined by Reid Wiseman and Jeremy Hansen to fly a capsule around the Moon in late 2024 or early 2025, paving the way for a subsequent crew to land on the Moon. This diverse team of astronauts represents NASA's commitment to bringing greater diversity to its exploration efforts, as all previous crewed missions to the Moon were carried out by white men. The astronauts were introduced in a ceremony in Houston, Texas, and will now undergo intensive training to prepare for the mission. "The Artemis-2 crew represents thousands of people working tirelessly to bring us to the stars. This is their crew, this is our crew, this is humanity's crew," said NASA Administrator Bill Nelson. "Together, we are ushering in a new era of exploration for a new generation of star sailors and dreamers - the Artemis Generation." This mission marks a significant step in NASA's efforts to return to the Moon and further explore space. Overall, it reflects the agency's commitment to inclusivity and diversity in its astronaut corps, and to inspire a new generation of space explorers.
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