The Artemis program of NASA is going to land first woman, and the first person of colour on the moon. The Biden-Harris administration sponsored program is going to complete the program by 2024. The ambitious international spaceflight program endorsed by Biden administration aims to land astronauts on the Moon’s South Pole and to create sustainable missions by 2028. The program named after the Greek Goddess of the Moon and the twin sister of Apollo, the inspiration behind the NASA’s first mission of moon landing. Last year in 2020, NASAN selected 18 astronauts including 9 women and several people of colour. However, it is yet to be decided who is the actual ‘first woman’ or the ‘first person of colour’.
NASA’s administrator Steve Jurczyk said that the program aligns with President Biden’s commitment to pursue a comprehensive approach to advancing equity for all. NASA is going to use its Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft and U.S. commercial partnerships with the human landing system along with Gateway lunar outpost to send astronauts.
The program will serve as a ground for the returning astronauts who will be sent to Mars. The $24.7 billion program demonstrates the President’s commitment to NASA and its partners. The president’s discretionary request increases NASA’s ability to better understand Earth and further monitor and predict the impacts of climate change. It also gives us the necessary resources to continue advancing America’s bipartisan moon to Mars space exploration plan, including landing the first woman & first person of color.