Indian-American US Air Force colonel selected by NASA for its manned Moon Mission

Among the 18 astronauts is Raja Jon Vurputoor Chari, an Indian-American US Air Force colonel who has been named by NASA in its ambitious manned mission to the Moon and beyond.

NASA on December 9, announced the list of 18 astronauts to be imparted training for its Artemis moon-landing programme and Raja Chari, 43, who is a graduate of the US Air Force Academy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and US Naval Test Pilot School and was selected by NASA to join the 2017 Astronaut Candidate Class is the only Indian-American in the list.

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