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4 Asian American Astronauts Are Going to the Moon in 2024

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.

First Asian Astronaut Phạm Tuân Went to Space 39 Years Ago Today

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.

Japanese Astronaut Causes Stir After Thinking He Grew 3.5 Inches in Space

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.