Veteran Astronaut and AMF Board Member Stephanie D. Wilson Selected to Join Initial Artemis Team
By Space Coast Daily // December 16, 2020
veteran of three spaceflights: STS-121 in 2006, STS-120 in 2007 and STS-131
BREVARD COUNTY • KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLORIDA – The initial 18-member squad of astronauts eligible for humankind’s return to the moon was announced during the eighth National Space Council meeting, which included veteran astronaut and Astronauts Memorial Foundation Board Member Stephanie D. Wilson.
“I give you the heroes who will carry us to the Moon and beyond – the Artemis Generation,” said Vice President Mike Pence.
“It is amazing to think that the next man and first woman on the Moon are among the names that we just read. The Artemis Team astronauts are the future of American space exploration – and that future is bright.”
Massachusetts native Stephanie Wilson is a veteran of three spaceflights, STS-121 in 2006, STS-120 in 2007, and STS-131 in 2010 and has logged more than 42 days in space.
She earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Harvard University and a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas.
She currently serves as the Astronaut Office Mission Support Crew Branch Chief.
“The entire AMF Board sends our congratulations and best wishes to Stephanie, and wish her success and happiness in her upcoming training,” said AMF Board Chairman Jack Kirschenbaum.
Former Shuttle (STS-93 & STS-114) Commander and Immediate-Past AMF Chair Colonel Eileen Collins said, “We are thrilled to hear one of our AMF Board members has been selected to serve as an Artemis astronaut. Stephanie has been an important presence at AMF and has kept us in close contact with the active astronauts. We are so proud of her!”
The Astronauts Memorial Foundation’s mission is to honor our fallen astronauts through the nationally recognized Space Mirror Memorial and our living memorial – the Center for Space Education.
For more information, please visit www.amfcse.org