NASA has the intention of walking on the moon again, since their Apollo missions from half a century ago. 2024 is when they will schedule missions to the moon for testing the metal of their future Mars program candidates. Designated as Artemis, twin sister of Apollo, the moon mission will send the first woman to walk on the surface. The identity of this woman is unknown as a candidate has probably not been chosen yet but NASA has the opportunity to choose one from their roster.
All female candidates are former military pilots, scientists or medical doctors. They were specially chosen from thousands of applicants since the late ’90s and are between the ages of 40 and 53. Former seasoned astronaut Eileen Collins had this to comment about the candidates:
“Now personally, I’d be okay with flying a rookie astronaut to the Moon. But if you have enough astronauts who have already flown, they know how they’re going to react in space. Some go up there and they have symptoms that might interfere with their ability to do the work. But you don’t know who that is.”
NASA’s Future Moon Mission Would Feature The First Female Moonwalker in History
The task space equality is made easy for NASA due to the increase in female candidates in the last few decades. In the past, NASA exclusively chose candidates from the military and only men were to be found filling the ranks at the time. Former helicopter pilot for the army, Anne McClain, will be tasked International Space Station (ISS) duty until the end of June. She is a NASA favorite, exhibiting confidence, seriousness and a degree of personal charm.
ISS also hosts candidate Christina Koch, engineer and mountain climber. Soon to be the proud holder of a record, which will be the longest period a time a woman has been in space, coming in at 11 months. The pair are not the only two prime candidates, as marine biologist Jessica Meir and former fighter pilot Nicole Mann are up for contention, among others.
Because of age not being a major factor, experienced astronaut Sunita Williams might be an option for the moon mission, as she will be 58 years old in 2024. With NASA commenting that they have always “appreciated the leadership skills that came along with test pilots.” Houston will most likely be wanting to build a mixed team, with candidates from both military and scientific backgrounds. The moon testing mission will host a 4 person crew with 2 moonwalkers.
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