What’s it like to buzz an Artemis SLS moon rocket with a supersonic jet?

The first moon commander in 50 years grins as a picture of jets and a lunar rocket flashes up on the screen in front of him. “That was a fun day.”

NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman is the commander of Artemis 2, which aims to fly four people around the moon in 2024 or so. During an exclusive with Space.com on Dec. 18, however, we talked over Zoom about the uncrewed Artemis 1 mission that launched in late 2022 and successfully tested out most of the Orion spacecraft and Space Launch System (SLS) rocket systems to ready for Wiseman’s crew. Hence, the jet picture.