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NASA is making history again. The space agency announced Thursday its first all-female spacewalk will be taking place later this month, and now it's revealed its first all-female moon crew in 50 years.
Christina Koch, the first woman to walk in space, will be leading the mission, which is expected to launch in late 2024. She will be joined by three other astronauts: Victor Glover, Mike Hopkins, and Shane Kimbrough.
The mission marks a significant milestone for NASA and for the entire space exploration community. It is the first time in 50 years that a crew of four will be traveling to the moon, and the first time ever that a woman will be in charge of such a mission.
Koch and her team will be conducting a series of experiments on the lunar surface, including research into the moon's environment, the effects of the radiation environment on human physiology, and how the moon might be used as a stepping stone for future space exploration.
Koch and her team will also be testing out new technologies that could make travel to the moon easier and more efficient. They will also be testing out new methods of living and working in space, and helping to prepare for future missions to Mars.
The mission is part of NASA's Artemis program, which is designed to put the first woman and the next man on the moon by 2024. It is an ambitious goal, and one that Koch is excited to be part of.
“I am honored to be a part of this historic mission,” Koch said. “I look forward to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead and to the chance to make a meaningful contribution to the Artemis program and our collective human space exploration efforts.”
This mission marks a major milestone for NASA and for women in space. For the first time in history, a woman will be leading a mission to the moon and showing that women can also be at the forefront of space exploration. It is an exciting time for the space community and a giant leap for gender equality.