NASA will land the first person of color on the moon with Artemis program

By , Audacy

One small step for man, one overdue giant leap for mankind.

NASA has announced plans to land the first person of color on the moon as part of its Artemis program, reported CNN.

The new goal comes after the agency previously said Artemis would send the first woman to the moon by 2024.

NASA Administrator Steve Jurczyk announced the additional objective on Friday after praising the Biden administration’s proposal of giving the agency a 6% budgetary increase from the previous year.

"This $24.7 billion funding request demonstrates the Biden Administration's commitment to NASA and its partners who have worked so hard this past year under difficult circumstances and achieved unprecedented success," Jurczyk said in a statement.

"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."

Jurczyk said sending a person of color to the moon is in line with President Biden’s mission of advancing equity for all citizens.

"[The funding] keeps NASA on the path to landing the first woman and the first person of color on the Moon under the Artemis program," the statement continued. "This goal aligns with President Biden’s commitment to pursue a comprehensive approach to advancing equity for all."

NASA plans to launch an uncrewed Artemis 1 flight in November. In August 2023, Artemis II will feature a crewed mission doing a lunar flyby.

Currently scheduled for October 2024, Artemis III will land astronauts, including a woman and person of color, on the moon for the first time since Apollo 17 in 1972.

The names of the crew members for Artemis III have yet to be announced.

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