NASA could reveal details of plan to put first woman on the moon this week

Rob Waugh
NASA's Space Launch System mobile launcher REUTERS/Thom Baur

NASA is to reveal new details of its plan to put a woman on the moon, with a press conference about the mission scheduled for this Friday.

On Friday, August 16, NASA's Jim Bridenstine will discuss the Artemis project at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

The conference will reveal progress on the Space Launch System rocket and ‘other efforts key to landing the first woman and the next man on the Moon in five years’.

Speaking at the Humans to Mars Summit in Washington DC earlier this year, Mr Bridenstein said: 'I have an 11-year-old daughter and I want her to be able to see herself in the same way that our current very diverse astronaut corps sees itself.

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'And if we look at the history of moon landings, it was test pilots from the 1960s and 1970s, fighter pilots, and there were no opportunities for women back then.

'This programme is going to enable a new generation of young girls like my daughter to see themselves in a way that maybe they wouldn't otherwise see themselves.'

NASA flew six manned missions to the surface of the moon, beginning with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin in July 1969, up to Gene Cernan and Jack Schmitt in December 1972.

All the astronauts were men.

NASA’s budget includes a new ‘Lunar Gateway’ space station which will orbit the moon by the nimd-2020s, and budget for a manned mission to the moon

NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said earlier this year, ‘For the first time in over 10 years, we have money in this budget for a return to the Moon with humans.

‘I’m talking human-rated landers, compatible with Gateway, that can go back and forth to the surface of the moon.

‘The moon is the proving ground; Mars is the horizon goal.’

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