Earlier this week, NASA gave an official update to their Artemis Plan. As long as everything goes to plan, the first woman to land on the moon will happen in 2024.
The Johnson Space Center took to Instagram to share aspects of their new mission along with new aeronautic tools and space suits. In the post, astronauts are seen preparing for the planned moonwalks. In fact, the astronauts are seen practicing underwater to evaluate how they’ll train for Artemis missions.
During the same historic mission, NASA plans to land the next man on the moon. It would be the first time sending humans – male or female – to the moon since the last Apollo lunar mission in 1972.
“We’re going back to the Moon for scientific discovery, economic benefits, and inspiration for a new generation of explorers,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine stated in a press release. “As we build up a sustainable presence, we’re also building momentum toward those first human steps on the Red Planet.”
NASA will showcase two launches together from the Kennedy Space Center in 2021. They will launch both their powerful new rocket, The Space Launch System, and the Orion spacecraft for two flight tests around the moon.
In addition to NASA sending the first woman to the moon, the Artemis Plan will look to search for resources – like water – while on the moon. New landing technologies will allow astronauts to travel even farther so they can explore new regions of the moon.
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In late August, NASA reported that an asteroid could hit Earth in early November. In fact, the asteroid could plummet to Earth just one day before the 2020 presidential election on Nov. 3.
According to NASA, the asteroid only has a small chance of entering the Earth’s atmosphere – a 0.41% chance. If the asteroid does enter Earth’s atmosphere, it would disintegrate before landing and causing any major damage.
The asteroid named 2018VP1 has been orbiting around space for more than fifty years. It has had a few close encounters with Earth, most recently in November 2018.
“It’s quite an accomplishment to find these tiny close-in asteroids in the first place, because they pass by so fast,” Paul Chodas, the director of the Center for Near-Earth Object Studies at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California, told Business Insider.
“There’s typically only a short window of a couple of days before or after close approach when this small of an asteroid is close enough to Earth to be bright enough but not so close that it moves too fast in the sky to be detected by a telescope,” Chodas said.