A woman will soon finally get to meet the moon up close as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) revealed their plan to land the first woman and the next man on the surface of the Moon in 2024, as part of the Artemis program. It will be the first time NASA will be sending humans to the Moon since the last Apollo lunar mission in 1972.
“The Human Exploration and Operations team continues to persevere, hitting critical hardware milestones and contract awards for the Artemis program. Our plan to land the first woman and next man on the Moon in 2024 is on track!”
– Kathy Lueders, NASA’s Associate Administrator of the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, on a Tweet on September 22, 2020
On humanity’s return to the Moon in 2024, the first woman and next man will be landing on the lunar South Pole. According to NASA, they will be using innovative technologies “to explore more of the lunar surface than ever before.”
“We’re going back to the Moon for scientific discovery, economic benefits, and inspiration for a new generation of explorers,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine.
In addition to the administration’s big announcement, they have also unveiled the Artemis Plan, an overview of their lunar exploration program. “Extending Lunar Missions and Preparing for Mars” is among the highlights included in the said plan. You may view NASA’s Artemis Plan here.
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