As NASA plans to take humans to the moon by 2024, it is also set to give us the first female moonwalker. “First, we are focused on speed to land the next man, and first woman, on the Moon by 2024. Second, we will establish sustainable missions by 2028. To do that, we need our powerful Space Launch System to put the mass of reusable systems into deep space”, said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. He also confirmed that this mission would be a public-private partnership to make the return of astronauts possible on the lunar surface.
When NASA set out on the Apollo (named on Greek God) mission in the 1960s and 70s, who knew that possibly the most challenging astronomy mission will be named after the twin sister of Apollo, that is Artemis. NASA is of the view that she’s the one who’ll lead humans back to the moon. The mission comes as a reverberation to the Apollo mission of 1969, whereby Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to set their foot on planet Earth’s only permanent natural satellite.
With Artemis, NASA will be able to make possible and provide necessary conditions for sustainable presence of humans on the Moon.
With Artemis, NASA will be able to make possible and provide necessary conditions for sustainable presence of humans on the Moon. NASA will construct a small space station in orbit around the moon, possibly in 2022. Post that, four humans, according to current news one of them will be a woman, will fly in the Orion capsule to the station, followed by landing on the lunar surface.
Preparations for the mission have already begun as NASA is set to launch the maiden flight of SLS (Space Launch System) by next year. The last time humans left Earth was in 1972, when the last astronauts who travelled in Apollo returned to the Earth. Then surrounded by political and financial boundations, the human sending mission was impeded for a while. It was only after George W Bush directed NASA to send humans back to the moon that the preparations for it started in 2003. But, then the Obama administration axed the moon program altogether in 2010 and directed NASA to focus on missions to Mars. With the Mars program now languishing, the Trump administration redirected NASA back to the moon in late 2017.
Today, we can hope for the mission to be successful by 2024 and sustainable human presence on the moon by 2028.
When NASA succeeds in sending a human to the lunar surface in 2024, it will be sending them to the south pole of the moon, a place where no human has ever been before.
Stepping on land where no human has ever been before
When NASA succeeds in sending a human to the lunar surface in 2024, it will be sending them to the south pole of the moon, a place where no human has ever been before. This will be the moment when first female moonwalker will also set her foot on the moon. With NASA’s attempt to settle humans on Moon, Artemis will be the first of its kind mission in the history of the space agency.
Importance of the name ‘Artemis’
Artemis was the sister of Apollo and also the goddess of Moon in Greek Mythology. This is one of the reasons why this challenging mission is named Artemis. Not only this, Artemis was the patron and protector of young girls and was also believed to relieve women of deadly diseases. Artemis had also sworn to remain a maiden throughout her life.