Kennedy Space Center, Fla. (December 15) – Last Wednesday, former multi-sport student-athlete Jasmin Moghbeli '05 was among 18 astronauts selected by NASA to form the Artemis Team and help pave the way for the next astronaut missions on and around the Moon as part of the Artemis program. The agency's modern lunar exploration program will land the first woman and next man on the Moon in 2024 and establish a sustainable human lunar presence by the end of the decade.
During her time at MIT, Moghbeli was a captain of the women's basketball team and was also a member of the women's lacrosse and women's volleyball teams. She earned a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering with information technology and went on to receive a master's degree in aerospace engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School. A U.S. Marine Corps major, Moghbeli is also a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School. She came to NASA from Yuma, Arizona, where she tested H-1 helicopters and served as the quality assurance and avionics officer for Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron 1.
Moghbeli became a member of the first class of astronaut candidates to graduate under the Artemis program after completing two years of basic training in January. The astronauts of the Artemis Team will help NASA prepare for the coming Artemis missions, which begin next year working with the agency's commercial partners as they develop human landing systems; assisting in the development of training; defining hardware requirements; and consulting on technical development. They also will engage the public and industry on the Artemis program and NASA's exploration plans.
NASA will announce flight assignments for astronauts later, pulling from the Artemis Team. Additional Artemis Team members, including international partner astronauts, will join this group, as needed.
You can follow Moghbeli's journey on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @astrojaws.
More stories about Jasmin Moghbeli '05 on mitathletics.com:
- April 8, 2018: NCAA D3 Week "Where Are They Now": Jasmin Moghbeli '05
- January 16, 2020: Jasmin Moghbeli '05 Graduates From NASA Astronaut Candidate Training Program