Jenni Gibbons on Canada’s Role in Lunar Exploration and Her Training

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announces that Canadian Space Agency (CSA) astronaut Joshua Kutryk is selected as crew member for the Starliner-1 mission, and that CSA astronaut Jenni Gibbons is selected as the Canadian backup crew member for the Artemis II mission. Image Credit: Canadian Space Agency.

Canadian astronaut Jenni Gibbons who will serve as backup for the Artemis 2 moon mission in 2024, recently spoke on Canada’s role in lunar exploration and her training at an online event hosted by Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants.

Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants goal “is to inspire the next generation of scientists and explorers. We think the best way to do this by bringing those on the frontlines of science, exploration, adventure, and conservation, live into classrooms through virtual guest speakers and field trips. Since September 2015, we’ve hosted 4,000 live events, connecting over a million students to scientists and explorers in 100+ countries. What we do is and always will be free for classrooms everywhere!”

The video is around 49 minutes in length and provides a great primer on Canada’s activities related to its Moon program and Gibbons role and work as astronaut.

As part of the backup crew for the Artemis 2 mission Gibbons could replace Jeremy Hansen if for whatever reason he could not participate. As well, she will be in a good position for a future mission where she might even become the first Canadian to step foot on the Moon.

Watch the video to learn more about Canada’s role and Gibbons work as an astronaut.

About Marc Boucher

Boucher is an entrepreneur, writer, editor & publisher. He is the founder of SpaceQ Media Inc. and CEO and co-founder of SpaceRef Interactive LLC. Boucher has 20+ years working in various roles in the space industry and a total of 30 years as a technology entrepreneur including creating Maple Square, Canada's first internet directory and search engine.

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