National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) could end up placing the first two women on the moon in 2024.
NASA has said it wants to put the first woman and the next man on the moon for its Artemis 2024 mission. But that could change to become the first two women on the moon.
Artemis has a challenging road ahead and is contending with a tight schedule and delays with NASA’s Space Launch System, the rocket system that will launch the Orion crew capsule and the moon-bound astronauts on their journey.
NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine addressed engineering students at the University of Colorado Boulder on Friday. The school broadcast the session live on social networks. A student asked near the end of the questions and answers if NASA had considered sending an exclusively female crew to the Artemis mission.
“Have we considered it? Yes, and I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s what we did,” Bridenstine replied. He said the crew has not yet been chosen and stressed that they had told him that the next man and the first woman on the moon will happen in five years and that they will be Americans.
“We could have a crew of two women going to the moon in five years,” Bridenstine said.
Only men have visited the moon so far. Artemis can give two women astronauts their first steps toward closing that space gender gap.
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16 November, 2019