NASA has already reported about the upcoming "landing" of American astronauts at the South Pole of the Moon in 2024, and recently the agency published the first details about the composition of the upcoming expedition. For the first time in history, a female astronaut will land on the surface of a satellite of the Earth.
Previously, all participants in the Apollo missions were men, most of whom began their careers in the US Air Force. Now, according to NASA CEO Jim Brydenstein, "at least one woman will land on the moon." According to him, the name of the new lunar program - Artemis - contains a hint of the crew of the future mission. In Greek mythology, Artemis is the moon goddess and twin sister of the sun god Apollo.
“I will tell you why it is so important to me as the head of NASA. My daughter is 11 years old, and I want her to see all the opportunities that she has since childhood, ”said Bridenstine.
The mission of Artemis will differ from previous space programs not only in the composition of the expedition. Previously, the main purpose of the moon landing was to prove technological superiority, but now the aerospace agency plans to organize a long-term presence of people on the Earth’s closest "neighbor". NASA plans to deploy a small space station Gateway in lunar orbit by 2028, and then use the Earth’s natural satellite as a testing ground for preparing astronauts to fly to Mars.
The agency plans to land people on the Red Planet before the end of the 2030s. “Maybe, just maybe, the first person to go on Mars will be a woman,” Bridenstine shared his vision of a future mission.