NASA puts the blame of our moon-absence on politics, but for their triumphant return, they’re putting a woman on the moon for the first time in history.
In a long-overdue return, NASA plans to put the first woman in history onto our moon. For the first time, a female astronaut will leave her footprint on the celestial satellite. To say such a feat is overdue for humanity is an understatement.
NASA is calling the mission Artemis. The plan is to have astronauts on lunar surface by 2024. Once there, the team will study the water that was just confirmed on the moon. Among many things, the water needs to be tested to see if it is “usable” for human consumption. If it is – in short – this changes everything.
NASA has declined, however, to announce the female crew member’s name just yet. But her presence – whoever she is – has been confirmed. Exciting – and long overdue!
For our part, we’d love to nominate Kate Rubins. Rubins, an American astronaut for NASA, has voted in 2020’s presidential election… from space. She is currently in orbit upon the International Space Station – more than 200 miles above Earth’s surface.
Just as excitingly, NASA is also announcing coinciding plans for a long-term base on the moon. That’s right – it’s finally happening! Humanity will have rooted space base. They hope to use such a moonbase for celestial trajectories – like the first human trip to Mars.
First Woman on the Moon to Study Confirmed Water
The primary objective of this triumphant return to the moon, though, is the study of recently-seen lunar water. In a fascinating report, NASA has been able to confirm the presence of water on the moon. But not just any water – this is liquid on the surface. In addition, scientists report that the moon may have regions “cold enough to hold onto water ice for millions, if not billions, of years”.
“It is a real game changer,” says Paul O. Hayne, professor of planetary sciences at University of Colorado. “It could make it much more accessible to future astronauts and rover missions.”
This isn’t the first time NASA has detected water on the moon. It is, however, the first time they’ve been able to confirm and measure it. The ice we’ve known of for a few decades now, is also exciting. It’s presence at the lunar South Pole makes it a surefire destination for future NASA astronauts.
So whoever this future female astronaut is – we’re sure she’s to become a true legend and hero. Here’s to a swift return for us humans to our moon!