Taconic Grad Stephanie Wilson Chosen for Moon Missions
Taconic High School graduate Stephanie Wilson is going to be heading back into space as part of the upcoming Artemis Moon Missions. Wilson was chosen as an astronaut in 1996. A veteran of three space shuttle flights, she has spent a total of 42 days in space. She was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering science and a master’s degree in aerospace engineering. Before becoming an astronaut, Wilson worked on the Galileo spacecraft at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
According to a media release available at nasa.gov, NASA has selected 18 astronauts from its corps to form the Artemis Team and help pave the way for the next astronaut missions on and around the Moon as part of the Artemis program.
Vice President Mike Pence introduced the members of the Artemis Team on Wednesday during the eighth National Space Council meeting at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The astronauts on the Artemis Team come from a diverse range of backgrounds, expertise, and experience. The agency’s modern lunar exploration program will land the first woman and next man on the Moon in 2024 and establish a sustainable human lunar presence by the end of the decade.
NASA will announce flight assignments for astronauts later, pulling from the Artemis Team. Additional Artemis Team members, including international partner astronauts, will join this group, as needed.
Meet the full Artemis Team HERE.
Learn more about the Artemis Program HERE.