NASA’s lunar mission: Michigan’s Christina Koch to become first female astronaut

Michigan’s Christina Hammock Koch is going to be the first female astronaut in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA’s) lunar mission.

Astronaut Christina was born in 1979 in Michigan’s Grand Rapids.

The 44-year-old NASA astronaut holds a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University in the United States.

NASA announced the names of four astronauts, including Christina, on their first lunar mission in 50 years at a ceremony in Houston, Texas, on Monday (April 5).

Among them are three Americans and one Canadian citizen. This time the first woman and the first African American joined. They will fly around the moon by the end of next year.

Apart from Christina, the list includes Victor Glover, Reid Wiseman and Jeremy Hansen.

Meanwhile, Victor Glover will be the first African-American citizen on this lunar mission.

Christina Hammock Koch (left) with another NASA astronaut. Photo: NASA

The four astronauts will launch NASA’s Orion capsule on a Space Launch System rocket from Kennedy Space Center in late 2024.

They will not land on the moon in the spacecraft Artemis, named after Apollo’s twin sister in mythology. Don’t even go into lunar orbit.

Rather fly around the moon. After that, you will come back to earth. NASA recently selected four astronauts out of 41 active astronauts for their first Artemis mission. Meanwhile, President Joe Biden spoke to the four astronauts and their families. In a tweet,

Biden said, this NASA mission will inspire the next generation. Every child in the USA, Canada, and around the world dreams of conquering space.

Note that during the Apollo missions from 1968 to 1972, NASA sent 24 astronauts to the moon and twelve of them landed.

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