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NASA Aims to Land First Woman on the Moon by 2024

News Astronomy
by Eben Diskin Jul 7, 2020

NASA’s Artemis program, which will further explore the moon, is in full swing, and part of the plan is to land the first woman on the moon by 2024.

The last person to walk on the moon did so in 1972, and no woman has ever set foot on the lunar surface. With an infusion of $1.6 billion from the Trump administration, NASA has launched the Artemis program, appropriately named after Apollo’s twin sister and Greek goddess of the moon.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a press call, “Fifty years after Apollo, the Artemis program will carry the next man and first woman to the moon. To land American astronauts on the Moon by 2024, we are working through the acquisition approach for the various projects.”

NASA’s goal is to explore more of the moon, including its south pole, and eventually establish a strategic presence in space. According to its website, “We will collaborate with our commercial and international partners and establish sustainable exploration by the end of the decade. Then, we will use what we learn on and around the Moon to take the next giant leap — sending astronauts to Mars.”

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