NASA is sending 18 astronauts to the moon's surface for the first time since 1970s. A team of nine men and nine women astronauts have been chosen for the mission under NASA's Artemis program. This was announced at a meeting of the White House's National Space Council at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida by American Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday. The team includes Indian-American astronaut Raja Chari. Chari's father Sreenivas V Chari had immigrated to the US from Hyderabad. The Indian-American astronaut was raised in Iowa and served as a colonel in the US Air Force. He has a bachelor's degree in astronautical engineering and a master's in aeronautics and astronautics. He reportedly had joined the astronaut corps in 2017. He was among 11 new NASA graduates who successfully completed their over two years' of basic astronaut training in January 2020. The successful astronauts were selected among 18,000 applicants in 2017 after NASA announced its Artemis programme. Chari, 41, was selected by NASA to join the 2017 Astronaut Candidate Class. He reported for duty in August 2017 and having completed the initial astronaut candidate training is now eligible for a mission assignment. The Artemis Team members include Joseph… Read full this story
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