The moon. (Pedro Lastra via Unsplash)

COLORADO SPRINGS — Two Colorado residents were placed on a list of astronauts that could soon travel to the moon, officials said.

NASA Astronauts Matthew Dominick of Wheat Ridge and Jessica Watkins of Lafayette were among 18 astronauts selected to the Artemis Program on Dec. 9, The Gazette reported Sunday.

NASA announced plans to have the next man and first woman on the moon by 2024.

Each of the astronauts on the list brings diverse expertise and background to the task, officials said.

Dominick is a former Navy test pilot who has had more than 1,600 hours flight time in 28 different aircraft. Watkins focused her Ph.D. research on large landslides on Mars and Earth.

The Associated Press