In March 2019, Vice President Mike Penceannounced that the NASA space agency should evolve into a “more compact and flexible” organization and return the Americans to the moon in the next five years. Agency director Jim Brydenstein immediately accepted the challenge, and at the moment the organization plans to send people to Earth's satellite as early as 2024. This mission will be remarkable in that within its framework the first step of a woman on the lunar surface will be taken.
The space agency chose the year 2024 not by chance- then, from the moment of the first landing of people on the Moon under the Apollo program, exactly 55 years will pass. In 1969, the first step was made by men, so this time NASA plans to send the first woman to the Moon. Based on this, it is not surprising that the mission of 2024 was named Artemis, in honor of the twin sister of the ancient Greek god Apollo.
The name of the mission was announced on May 13, whenNASA has issued an updated budget request for the mission. The fact that the crew of the future mission will include a woman, Jim Brydenstein announced in April.
The first woman on the moon will be an American. This is the main declaration that NASA will adhere to.
The director of the space agency explained whyso important to send a woman to the moon. According to him, it is very beautiful that half a century after the end of the Apollo program, the crew with a female astronaut will be sent as part of a mission called Artemis.
I have a daughter, who is 11 years old, and I want her to see herself in the same role as the next women going to the moon.
Jim Bridenstein, NASA Director
The mission of "Artemis" is in its infancycondition - the agency has no proven missiles and capsules that are guaranteed to be able to deliver people to the lunar surface. How it intends to successfully carry out the mission on the background of the fact that even unmanned vehicles crash, it is also not clear.
Recall that send people to the moon intend andother organizations. For example, Blue Origin recently introduced the Blue Moon landing module, which can carry up to 6.5 tons of payload. You can read more about it in our special material.
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