In the year that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 1st man landing on the Moon, Nasa – US space agency – announced that, in the team flying back to the satellite in 2024, a woman astronaut will be on board. So, in five years, for the first time, a woman will walk on lunar surface.
The program taking the new team of astronauts in this journey was dubbed Artemis. In Greek mythology, Artemis was the twin sister of Apollo, who lent its name to the project that took the first man to the Moon in 1969. “I think most women would say it’s about time,” said Kavandi, former astronaut and currently in charge of NASA’s Glenn Research Center. “Women have been in the astronaut corps for decades now. We’ve gone everywhere else our male counterparts have gone,” she said to newspaper Los Angeles Times. Only the Moon is left.
Why go back to the Moon?
According to Nasa, many are the reasons to go back to the Moon. One of them is to establish and consolidate partnerships with private space companies to develop a new and efficient commercial model of space exploration. Another one, maybe more exciting, is to develop and test technologies required to take man to Mars. According to Nasa’s plan, by 2028, the idea is to have a new technological and commercial model that makes possible reaching the red planet.
Among the new missions to be accomplished by those going to the Moon in 2024 are to find water, vital to ensure a long-term stay on the satellite, learn to live and operate for long periods on the surface of a new world. Also in the list is to discover, from analysis of Moon features, new details on the formation of the Earth, the universe and other solar system planets.
What’s the schedule for returning to the moon?
Before landing on the lunar surface in 2024, two missions, one in 2020 and another in 2022, have been scheduled by Nasa to test all systems required for the return. Tests and mission will be accomplished on the board of a new rocket, dubbed Space Launch System (SLS), and a new habitable module, called Orion.
Who is going?
Brazilian science magazine GALILEU made a special with a profile of all 12 candidates to be the first woman to set foot on the Moon surface in 2024. The article details these 12 inspiring candidates, all of them with a history of pioneering, leadership and capability.
Content published in September 12, 2019