Sussex astronauts could be the first British man on the moon

Astronaut Tim PK said his name is “still in the frame” because it would be expected in the coming years for NASA missions into space.

Pike, from Chichester in West Sussex, said the first missions to come would be used only by American astronauts.

However, future trips will see British citizens take part.

The 48-year-old headliners podcast spoke to PKK: “We’re very much part of the return to the moon program. It’s called Artemis.

“The European Space Agency is developing a service module that will bring the Orion spacecraft back to the moon.

“The first return to the moon we probably won’t have Europeans, it’s probably two Americans – one male and one female.

“But next time, yes. We will have Europeans together, to be part of this mission.

“So who knows … I mean, my name is still in the frame and I’m hoping for a second mission. We’ll have to wait and see.”

NASA’s Artemis program plans to land the first woman and the next man on the moon by 2024.

The voyage will be the first humanitarian tour since the Apollo 17 mission in 1972.

Three years earlier, in 1969, Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong was the first person to set foot on the moon.

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