NASA Reveals Plans to Send The First Woman to The Moon by 2024

NASA plans to land the first woman on the moon by 2024.

The mission, named Artemis, will carry the first woman and the next man to the moon. It has been unveiled nearly 50 years after the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing.

Because the upcoming mission will include women, it is named for Apollo’s twin sister in Greek mythology, Artemis. To date, only 12 American men have ever walked on the moon.

NASA plans to have the two astronauts make a stop at its lunar orbit outpost, Gateway. They will then land near the moon’s south pole, where ice has been confirmed to exist within craters.

NASA requested an additional $1.6 billion in funding for 2020 to use as a “down payment” for the early stages of the Artemis mission. Trump has submitted the budget request, which includes funding that has yet to be finalized by Congress.