Two Colorado natives have been named to the Artemis Team on NASA’s mission to return to the moon in 2024.
Matthew Dominick, a Wheat Ridge native, and Jessica Watkins, from Lafayette, are members of the 18 astronaut team.
The program is a collaboration between NASA, international partners and commercial spaceflight companies. Artemis’ stated goal is to land “the first woman and the next man” on the Moon, specifically at the lunar south pole region by 2024. NASA hopes this exploration will help humanity prepare for future missions to Mars.
Dominick became an astronaut in 2017. He graduated from the University of San Diego in 2005. The U.S. Naval Test Pilot School graduate with a master’s degree in systems engineering has accumulated more than 1,600 flight hours in 28 aircraft models, 400 carrier arrestments, 61 combat missions and nearly 200 flight test carrier landings.
Watkins also became an astronaut in 2017. She has degrees from Stanford and UCLA and was a post-doctoral fellow and member of the science team for “Curiosity,” the Mars Science Laboratory rover. The former USA Rugby Collegiate All-American served as a volunteer assistant coach for the Caltech Women’s Basketball team while working on the Mars Rover.
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