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What is the name of the Indian-American who has been selected by the NASA in December 2020 among 18 astronauts to be trained for Nasa's Artemis moon landing program?
1. Ajay Bhatt
2. Raja Chari
3. Uday Singh
4. Vivek Kundra
5. V Mohan Reddy

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Correct Answer - Option 2 : Raja Chari

The correct answer is Raja Chari:

  • Raja Jon Vurputoor Chari, an Indian-American US Air Force colonel, has been selected by NASA for its ambitious manned mission to the Moon and beyond.
  • Nasa is sending 18 astronauts to the moon's surface for the first time since the 1970s.
  • The 18 astronauts, comprising of nine men and nine women, have been chosen for the mission under NASA's Artemis program.
  • Chari is among 18 astronauts, who will form the Artemis Team and help pave the way for the next lunar missions, including sending the first woman and next man to walk on the lunar surface in 2024.
  • The astronauts were selected among 18,000 applicants in 2017 after Nasa announced its Artemis programme.
  • Chari was selected by Nasa to join the 2017 Astronaut Candidate Class.
  • He has a bachelor's degree in astronautical engineering and a master's in aeronautics and astronautics.

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