New York sources reported that Indian-American will be among astronauts who may get a chance to go to the moon or Mars following his graduation from NASA’s program to train astronauts for those missions and the international Space Station. raja Chari was among the 11 astronauts who received silver pins on friday marking their graduation at the Johnson Space Centre in Houston after two years of gruelling training.
After they go into space they will exchange their silver pins for gold in a nasa tradition. He is the third Indian-American astronaut. Explaining the Artemis program in which he will participate, Chari said in an interview to IANS: “We’re trying to get to the moon to stay by 2024, and we have the technology to do that. We’re working on getting the resources to do that, and it’s gonna take a lot of work, it’s not going to be easy.”
The Artemis programme aims to put a man and a woman on the moon in 2024, establish sustainable moon missions by 2028 and ultimately send astronauts to Mars. About his next step, Chari said: “We won’t be assigned missions for a while but in the meantime we’ll be helping all around Johnson Space Centre with different offices that are working on getting us to the moon.”