NASA administrator, astronaut candidate to discuss Artemis program at University of North Carolina

NASA has announced administrator Jim Bridenstine and astronaut candidate Zena Cardman will visit the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-Chapel Hill) on Thursday, Nov. 6-7, to discuss the agency´s Artemis program, the agency said.

Their visit is part of the university´s annual Research Week, which celebrates Carolina research and inspires students and faculty to explore new ideas.

Cardman is an alumnus of the university where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master of Science in Marine Sciences.

udied microorganisms in subsurface environments, ranging from caves to deep sea sediments. Cardman´s field experience includes multiple Antarctic expeditions, work aboard research vessels, and NASA analog missions in British Columbia, Idaho, and Hawaii. Cardman was selected by NASA to join the 2017 Astronaut Candidate Class and reported for duty in August 2017. After completing her training, Cardman will be assigned technical duties in the NASA Astronaut Office while she awaits a flight assignment.