NASA to land first person of color on the moon

Apr 9, 2021
NASA to land first person of color on the moon

It’s one giant step for diversity.

NASA plans to land the first person of color on the moon as part of an international spaceflight program, a rep for the agency said Friday.

“NEW:@NASA will land the first woman and the *first person of color* on the Moon under the Artemis program,” NASA press secretary Jackie McGuinness tweeted.

The news comes after an announcement in September that the agency will send the first-ever female astronaut to the moon as part of the same program in 2024.

McGuinness told The Post on Friday that NASA hadn’t yet determined who the person of color or the female astronaut would be — or whether it will be the same individual.

Buzz Aldrin walking on the surface of the Moon in 1969.
Buzz Aldrin walking on the surface of the moon in 1969.
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“There haven’t been specific crew selections yet,” she said. “Any specific crew assignments will be made closer to launch.”

She added that the mission may now be delayed to 2025 or later.

“The Biden Administration supports the goals of the Artemis program. However, given the funding levels for the human landing system over the past two years, a 2024 lunar landing goal does not appear realistic.”

In 2019, NASA announced the Artemis program, which will land the first American on the moon since the Apollo lunar mission in 1972.

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The mission may now be delayed to 2025 or later.
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The program includes research into commercial partnerships and other economic opportunities linked to space travel.

NASA’s goal is to pour that research and revenue into missions to explore Mars, which is more than 139 million miles farther from Earth than the moon.

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Raymond Hicks

With a knack for storytelling, Raymond started The Madison Leader Gazette about a year ago. Covering substantial topics under the US & World section, he helps information seep in deeper with creative writing and content management skills.