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Americans with UK Links Among Astronauts Destined For Moon Landing

Three Americans with links to the UK are announced among NASA’s scheduled astronauts who will land on the Moon as part of the Artemis Project

Published on December 10, 2020

Anne C McClain Anne C McClain, who graduated with a Master’s Degree from the University of Bath in 2004 and from the University of Bristol in 2005, is already an experienced astronaut, and is due to become one of the first women to land on the moon. Photo: NASA / Bill Ingalls

The next Americans scheduled to land on the moon have been announced by NASA, and include several astronauts with connections to the UK.

Anne C McClain, callsign Annimal, studied in the UK at both the University of Bath and the University Bristol. A recipient of a Marshall Scholarship - the scholarship created to thank the US for the Marshall Plan which supported the UK after the Second World War - she graduated with a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Bath in 2004, and a Master of Science in International Relations from Bristol in 2005. A native of Spokane, Washington, McClain was a helicopter test pilot before joining the astronaut corps in 2013. She has participated in two space flights as a Flight Engineer, and spent 204 days in space, including on board the International Space Station, with two space walks under her belt.

Kjell Lindgren, born in Tapei, Taiwan, spent much of his childhood in England, and attended his Freshman year at Lakenheath American High School before moving back to the US. After graduating from James W Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax, Virginia, in 1991, he attended the US Air Force Academy before joining the US Air Force Parachuting Team. He began working with NASA in 2007, and took part in his first space flight in 2015. During 141 days in space, he took part in two space walks, and is thought to be the first person to play the bagpipes in Space while on board the International Space Station.

Kayla Barron joined NASA's Astronaut Candidate Class in 2017, and is now eligible to participate in missions. A Washington native, she studied at the University of Cambridge on a Gates Cambridge Scholarship, graduating with a Master's degree in Nuclear Engineering before going on to become one of the first group of women to become submarine warfare officers.

Congratulations to all the Astronauts who have been selected for missions to the moon, with the next moon landing scheduled for 2024.

There is an exclusive interview with Astronaut Lt Col Anne McClain in The American magazine's January-February 2021 issue. To get a copy or subscribe CLICK HERE.

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