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CSA astronaut Jeremy Hansen will be the first Canadian to travel to the Moon

On , the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister responsible for the CSA, announced that Jeremy Hansen will represent Canada by being the first CSA astronaut to fly around the Moon as part of NASA's Artemis program. Artemis II is currently set to launch no earlier than .

The mission will be the first crewed journey to the Moon since the last of the Apollo missions in . The approximately 10-day mission is designed to test the Orion spacecraft's systems, adapted to meet the needs of a crew on board.

The launch of Artemis II will make Canada the second country to ever send an astronaut around the Moon. This historic mission will pave the way for humanity's sustainable presence on the lunar surface and inspire a new generation of Canadians to join the thrill and excitement of space exploration and discovery.

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