NASA to send 1st woman on moon by 2024

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NASA’s mission to put people back on the moon now has a name: Artemis. That’s not a random choice: In Greek mythology, the goddess Artemis is the twin sister of Apollo, after whom the original moon landing missions were named. The space agency’s updated budget request asks for $1.6 billion to help get that mission to the moon off the ground,

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine tweeted that the Artemis mission would be the first time a woman walks on the moon, something Vice President Mike Pence had alluded to in March. That same month, NASA scrapped plans for the first all-female spacewalk because of a spacesuit sizing issue.

The news comes just over a month before the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969. Last August, Pence spoke at NASA’s Johnson Space Center and laid out plans for humans to develop a permanent moon base and travel to Mars. NASA didn’t immediately respond to a request for additional comment.

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