As part of the agency’s Artemis program which will send astronauts on the moon for the first time since 1972’s Apollo 17 mission, NASA has announced plans to land the first person of the colour on the moon!
This news comes shortly after US President Joe Biden requested to set aside increased funds for NASA as part of the government’s 2022 discretionary spending.
NASA Administrator Steve Jurczyk explained, ‘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 and first person of color on the Moon under the Artemis program.’, he added.
Meanwhile, the Artemis program will send two NASA crew members to the moon in 2024, but it’s unclear if those two members will include a person of colour.
However, NASA Chief of Staff Bhavya Lal clarified that African American, Asian Pacific Islander, Hispanic and multiracial astronauts comprise about 25 percent of the agency’s ‘active astronaut corps.’
Lal also revealed that the 2024 Artemis moon landing forms part of a long-term plan to ‘help us prepare to get to Mars.’