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Cal Poly grad Victor Glover, UCSB grad Joseph Acaba join NASA’s Artemis mission

Vice President Mike Pence introduces NASA astronauts, from left, Jessica Meir, Joseph Acaba, Anne McClain, Matthew Dominick, and Jessica Watkins, during a meeting of the National Space Council inside the Apollo/Saturn V Center at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida on Dec. 9, 2020. Meir, Acaba, McClain, Dominick, and Watkins are among the initial team of 18 astronauts eligible for early Artemis missions on and around the Moon. Under the Artemis program, NASA will land the first woman and the next man on the Moon in 2024.
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Vice President Mike Pence introduces NASA astronauts, from left, Jessica Meir, Joseph Acaba, Anne McClain, Matthew Dominick, and Jessica Watkins, during a meeting of the National Space Council inside the Apollo/Saturn V Center at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida on Dec. 9, 2020. Meir, Acaba, McClain, Dominick, and Watkins are among the initial team of 18 astronauts eligible for early Artemis missions on and around the Moon. Under the Artemis program, NASA will land the first woman and the next man on the Moon in 2024.

NASA has selected 18 astronauts for its Artemis mission. The first woman and next man to walk on the lunar surface in 2024 will be selected from the group.

The list includes Cal Poly alumnus Victor Glover who is aboard the International Space Station right now.

Glover tweeted Thursday, "The lessons learned on my current mission aboard the Space Station will pave the way for future exploration on the lunar surface, a dream within a dream."

UC Santa Barbara alumnus Joe Acaba is also part of the team. Acaba majored in geology at UCSB. He has been on three previous space flights.

The Artemis group has nine men, including four with spaceflight experience, and nine women, including five spaceflight veterans. 

You can read more about the Artemis Team here.

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