NASA revealed the 18 astronauts names on December 9 at Kennedy space center in Florida. It’s currently targeting a 2024 human landing. Among the astronauts announced today is one of the five NASA crew members currently living and working in orbit.
Kate rubin’s was selected in the astronaut class of 2009 and arrived at the international space station in October for a six-month stint. The fight is her second; she also flew in 2016.
During that mission, Rubin’s became the first Scientist to sequence DNA in orbit. The Artemis astronaut cadre also includes christina Koch, who was selected to train as an astronaut in 2013 and has flown to space once, spending 328 days in the second longest single flight by an American astronaut in 2019 and 2020.
During her time in orbit, she participated in six spacewalks, including three with colleague Jessica Meir that were the first all-woman space walks.