The Artemis II mission team is made up of three American astronauts and one Canadian astronaut.
Three American astronauts, Christina Koch, Gregory Reid Wiseman and Victor J. Glover, will be aboard the Orion capsule. Artemis II’s fourth passenger and mission specialist will be Canadian astronaut Jeremy Hansen.
This is a first space mission for the 47-year-old Ontarian, but also a great first for the Canadian Space Agency. While many Canadian astronauts have flown aboard space shuttles and stayed on the International Space Station (ISS), this is in fact the first time that a Canadian will travel this far into space, aboard a lunar mission.
To be the 2nd country in the world to send an astronaut into space far away, that's something [of which we can] be proud.
A quote from Jeremy Hansen, astronaut
However, it is no coincidence to see Canada receive such a unique invitation from NASA, a major partner of the CSA for decades. From the contribution of Canadian astronauts to the engineers who designed the two Canadian arms, essential to the space shuttle missions and the construction of the ISS, the American agency has always been able to count on Canadian know-how to assert itself facing its adversaries in the conquest of space.
Astronaut Jeremy Hansen preparing for the Artemis II mission. BROADCAST HERE FIRST. In the mosaic.
Astronaut Jeremy Hansen preparing for the Artemis II mission
BROADCAST HERE FIRSTIn the mosaic
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The SLS rocket will propel the Artemis II team to the Moon in November 2024.
After a first uncrewed test flight in 2022, the mission in which Jeremy Hansen will take part will be the first crewed test flight of the Artemis program. On the program's third mission, astronauts will set foot on the Moon for the first time since the end of the Apollo program in 1972.
NASA then wants to establish a lasting presence around the moon thanks to the Gateway lunar space station, inspired by the International Space Station. Ultimately, the goal of the Artemis missions is to pave the way for manned exploration of Mars.
The Moon is a fantastic training and testing ground for preparing to go to the planet Mars. – Charles Tisseyre, host of Découverte
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As with several NASA programs, Canada once again plays an essential role in this new stage of space conquest. The Ontario company MDA will build a third Canadian arm, which will be installed on the Gateway lunar space station. The intelligent robotic arm, with a length of 8.5 meters, will be able to operate completely autonomously, without human intervention.