According to foreign media reports,NASA has released its latest list of astronauts, some of whom will eventually land on Mars on a mission to the moon.Although NASA has 11 new members, the total number of active astronauts authorized to carry out manned missions is still small. According to NASA, there are only 48 people working at NASA. Two other astronauts from the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) were also allowed to fly.
This is the first batch of graduates since NASA announced its Artemis program.
NASA Artemis: a new route to space
Artemis is NASA's vision for the sustainable use of space. Although the goal of the program seems to be to send another human to the moon by 2024 and then an astronaut to Mars sometime in 2030, the real core of the program is how NASA combines its work with business.
This includes working with Boeing and SpaceX to develop new rockets such as SLS, command modules such as Orion, and lunar landers. In addition, the plan will bring a new generation of Artemis spacesuits, which will be a major upgrade to the existing design. Astronauts will be able to expect more comfort and a wider range of activities from the new suit.
New astronauts carry out new tasks
If Artemis's Roadmap goes ahead as planned, the first female and the next male astronauts will land on the moon in 2024. It will usher in a new era of lunar exploration once a year in the future. In addition, it will build a temporary satellite to be used as a navigation point for the final Mars mission.
To qualify, 11 new NASA astronauts and two CSA astronauts have completed more than two years of basic training. It is reported that the 11 NASA astronauts are in Kayla Barron, Zena cardman, Raja Chari, Matthew Dominick, Bob Hines, Warren hoburg, Jonny Kim, Jasmin moghbeli, Loral O'Hara, Jessica Watkins, Frank Rubio, and the two astronauts from CSA are Jennifer side gibbons and Joshua kutryk.
NASA said it was considering reopening the application process this spring to prepare for the next batch of candidates. At NASA's first public graduation ceremony, the new astronauts received a silver pin and, according to tradition, a gold pin once they completed their first space flight.
Astronauts are trained not just to fly spacecraft
Applicants have a lot to learn in the two-year astronaut training. In addition to mastering NASA's rocket technology for manned space missions, they also need to learn how the ISS system works, including space walk training. Other courses include robot and T-38 jet proficiency and language. In addition, NASA and CSA astronauts need to learn Russian so that they can better communicate with Russian astronauts on ISS.