NASA sets its next milestone for 2024, called Artemis Plan, which consists in sending the first woman who will step on Moon.
The first woman in space was soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, who flew in 1963 being a part of Vostok 6 crew. However, twenty more years would pass until the next woman would be sent in a space flight program.
In a press release by NASA, it was announced that 2024 will be the year in which the first woman will set foot on Moon. This milestone is part of the Artemis Program, which aims to send humans to the moon again for the first time since the Apollo 17 mission in 1972.
NASA Administrator, Jim Brifenstine stated: “With bipartisan support from Congress, our 21st century push to the Moon is well within America’s reach. As we’ve solidified more of our exploration plans in recent months, we’ve continued to refine our budget and architecture. We’re going back to the Moon for scientific discovery, economic benefits, and inspiration for a new a generation of explorers. As we build up a sustainable presence, we’re also building momentum toward those first human steps on the Red Planet.”
The Space Launch System (SLS) and the Orion spaceraft are the vehicles NASA chose for this bold mission. The spacecraft is already built and will undergo a series of tests this fall.
The steps for Artemis Plan in 2024 will consist of different phases, which will progressively prepare humanity for the final stage. The first mission, known as Artemis I, will take place in 2021 without any astronauts on board, while Artemis II will fly with crew in 2023.
The Artemis III mission will take place in 2024 and it will mark humanity’s return to the surface of the Moon, and also the construction of Gateway, the first lunar base. After this milestone, the Artemis IV mission and future missions will send crew to dock to Gateway and perform tests and harvest samples.
Through the Artemis Plan, the first woman will set foot on Moon, robots and humans together will search for resources and build a technology, which will make possible the exploration of new regions of the Moon. But who knows? Maybe this plan will be looked upon by the future generations as the beggining of human life on Moon.
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