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Artemis 2 crew reveal what it takes to be an astronaut

Artemis 2 crew reveal what it takes to be an astronaut

Find out firsthand what attributes real-life astronauts think you need to hop onboard a spaceship to outer space.

Toy Story character Buzz Lightyear has a cool catchphrase ("To infinity... and beyond!") and we've seen the space ranger get out of some tricky situations thanks to his bravery and courage.

But what would you need to become a real-life astronaut?

Well, we found out firsthand from the Artemis II astronauts who are going to be orbiting the moon next year.

Four astronauts - Americans Reid Wiseman, Victor Glover and Christina Koch, as well as Canadian Jeremy Hansen - will be the first to fly NASA's Orion capsule in 2024 when they orbit the moon.

They're the first crew in NASA's new moon programme named Artemis, named after the twin sister of Apollo, the ancient Greek god.

First things first, the crew told UNILAD Tech that being a team player is key.

"You absolutely have got to be a good teammate, you have got to know when to take care of your friends, and know when to ask them to take care of you," said Reid Wiseman.

And for Christina Koch, who was selected to be an astronaut by NASA in 2013, it's about adaptability.

She told UNILAD Tech in an exclusive interview: "I would say adaptability, being able to come into any situation and take it for what's in front of you and try to come out on the other side successful with your team, whether that's asking for help, receiving help, giving help, and just basically be ready for anything that comes your way".

Victor Glover, who will be the pilot of NASA's Artemis II moon mission, added: "You have to be resilient".

Tom Hanks joined the astronauts in London.
Dave Benett / Contributor / Getty Images

The quartet feature in an immersive show, The Moonwalkers: A Journey with Tom Hanks, at London's Lightroom, which is an exhibition co-written by Hanks and Christopher Riley, telling stories of past and future space missions.

Astronaut Jeremy Hansen, who will become the first Canadian to ever fly to the moon next year, mentioned the importance of a "can-do attitude".

He said: "We all know that if it gets dire, we will either succeed or we will die trying, and that's sort of something you learn about one another. It's a commitment that you have to each other in the mission".

His crewmate Koch added: "Collectively, I think it takes trust, we trust each other implicitly. And we trust the teams that are sending us to the moon. And we trust the leadership that and the vision of everyone that's making this happen".

So that's being a team player, adaptability, resilient and a can-do attitude - where do we send our sizes to get our blue spacesuits?

Featured Image Credit: Credit: Suzan Moore / PA /CHANDAN KHANNA / Contributor / Getty