NASA may need more astronauts for space station, moon missions, report says

NASA may need more astronauts to meet its human spaceflight goals over the coming years, according to a new report from the agency’s investigative office.

Currently, NASA only flies astronauts to the International Space Station aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsules and Russia’s Soyuz vehicles. But the agency’s ambitious Artemis program to return humans to the moon is set to change that, with the program’s first crewed mission targeting 2024. That flight is meant to be the first stage in developing a long-term lunar exploration program that supports future human exploration of Mars