The 18 members of NASA’s Moon landing mission, called the Artemis program, have been revealed, and four of their members are of Asian descent.
Who are the members: Vice President Mike Pence revealed the nine men and nine women members of the Artemis program at an event in Florida last week, according to BBC. Here are the four Asian American members of NASA’s moon landing mission for 2024.
Phạm Tuân, a retired Vietnam Air Force aviator and retired lieutenant general, made history 39 years ago for becoming the first ever Vietnamese and first Asian person to ever go out in space.
Tuân was selected to become part of the sixth international crew for the Interkosmos program by the Soviet Union on April 1, 1979. He was then launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome spaceport in southern Kazakhstan on board the Soyuz 37 mission to the Salyut 6 space station on July 23, 1980.
The First Asian-American Astronaut Who Went to Space Died in the Challenger Explosion 33 Years Ago
NASA lost the first Asian-American astronaut to fly into space 33 years ago when the Challenger space shuttle exploded and killed its seven crew members.
Born in Kealakekua, Hawaii, on June 24, 1946, Ellison Shoji Onizuka, who is of Japanese descent, was part of the Space Shuttle Discovery mission on the STS-51-C on January 24, 1985, and STS-51-L, the program’s 25th mission and final flight of the Space Shuttle Challenger.
Japan’s space agency is in search for anyone willing to spend two weeks in isolation and away from the outside world for some good money.
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) recently announced that they are recruiting anyone under 55 years old to participate in its experiment in exchange for 380,000 yen (about $3,500).
After claiming to have gained a significant height increase in one month while on a mission to the International Space Station, a Japanese astronaut issued an apology, saying he simply made an error in measurement.
Norishige Kanai, 41, made headlines and caused a stir on social media after announcing on Monday that he had grown 9 centimeters (3.5 inches) in space. Kanai wrote his fears on Twitter that he may no longer fit in his spacecraft or it may affect the safety of his return.
Like many of us, Leroy Chiao, 57, looked up to the stars as a child and dreamed of reaching outer space one day.
But unlike most people, he managed to turn what seemed like wishful thinking into reality — and more.
Dr. Jonny Kim and Raja Chari are two impressive Asian Americans who made it into NASA’s 2017 astronaut candidate class, having been chosen from a pool of over 18,000 applicants.
The top 12 astronaut candidates, whose names were announced on Wednesday, will report to Johnson Space Center in Houston in August to complete two years of training.
If you thought it was only the astronauts who trained all their lives that get to go to space, now’s your chance to think again.
While space tourism appears to be an imminent possibility today, one Japanese civilian ended up looking down on Earth in the early 90s, becoming the first person in the nation to go to space.