After half a century confined to low-Earth orbit, and as soon as late next year, humans will once again leave Earth and voyage to Moon. The reality of this exciting adventure crystallized earlier this month when NASA announced the diverse and inspiring Artemis II crew: Clockwise from left in the photo below are Christina Koch, Victor Glover, Jeremy Hansen, and Reid Wiseman.
Christina holds the record for longest space flight by a woman, during which she participated in the first all-woman spacewalk. She is now scheduled to become the first woman to fly around Moon. Along with two electrical engineer degrees, Christina obtained a bachelor’s degree in physics from NC State, and I often think of her as I walk to my present office in NC State’s physics building (although I understand that physics moved into the renovated Riddick shortly after she graduated).