NASA is planning to put a first female astronaut on Moon by 2024. The mission to be called Artemis, after the Greek goddess of the Moon and the twin sister of the god Apollo. Till now Only 12 people have traveled to the Moon, and all of these astronauts were male.
To expedite the mission Trump administrator has added $1.6 billion to NASA’s existing budget for the mission. Later he tweeted, “We are restoring @NASA to greatness and we are going back to the Moon, then Mars. I am updating my budget to include an additional $1.6 billion so that we can return to Space in a BIG WAY!.”
“To land American astronauts on the Moon by 2024, we are working through the acquisition approach for the various projects,” said NASA in a statement.
“I think it is very beautiful that 50 years after Apollo, the Artemis program will carry the next man and the first woman to the Moon,” NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine. “I have a daughter who is 11 years old, and I want her to be able to see herself in the same role as the next women that go to the Moon.”
“The first woman will be an American on the surface of the moon in five years,” Bridenstine said in April during the Space Symposium conference in Colorado Springs. “That is an extreme declaration and a charge that we are going to live up to at NASA.”
NASA’s Apollo 11 mission succeeded in landing the first humans on the moon on July 20, 1969.