NASA is grateful to Alex Trebek, who has helped recruit the next generation of astronauts for missions to the moon and Mars.
“We’re very sad that legendary @Jeopardy host Alex Trebek dies,” NASA tweeted on Sunday. “Earlier this year, he helped us recruit the next generation of astronauts – a testament to his dedication to challenging us to broaden our knowledge.”
NASA also tweeted a video about Trebek calling on future astronauts to “make history” in the space agency’s Artemis program.
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“NASA is looking for pioneers who will go boldly to places where no men or women have yet passed,”; said Trebek in the video.
“Jeopardy” host Trebek died on Sunday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He is 80 years old.
NASA’s Artemis program aims to bring American astronauts to the moon by 2024 and establish a sustainable human presence on Earth’s natural satellite.
A key element of the Artemis show is sending the first woman to the moon.
Last year, NASA revealed details of their vision for the Artemis Moon Lander that will bring American astronauts back to the lunar surface.
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However, some lawmakers have urged NASA to delay bringing the American shoes to the moon until 2028.
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NASA’s long-term goal is to send a manned mission to Mars by the 2030s.
Fox News’s Tyler McCarthy contributed to this article. Follow James Rogers on Twitter @jamesjrogers