The new human moon mission will be called Artemis. The announcement was made to commemorate the 50th anniversary of man's arrival on the moon. The team of American astronauts will include a woman.
The United States wants to return the astronauts to the Moon in 2024, this time with a mission-free woman in the mission, but which will be called Artemis, the moon goddess in Greco-Roman mythology.
On Monday, United States President Donald Trump announced on Twitter an increase of 1.6 billion dollars (1.4 million euros) in NASA's budget. "Wonderful shape."
In response to Trump's remarks, NASA Administrator Jim Brittenstein said the proposed budget, which will have to be approved by Congress, is a "good start" for the return of astronauts to the Moon in 2024. To the reporters' question about the total value of the mission, Jim Brienstein did not know how to answer. "I wish I could answer," he said.
NASA, which marks the 50th anniversary of the arrival of a person on the Moon with the mission of Apollo 11, announced on Monday that the new human mission on the moon will be called Artemis, which in Greek-Roman mythology is the twin sister of Apollo and the goddess hunting and moon. In March, Trump's administration had been expecting the arrival of American astronauts on the moon, including the first woman, for four years until 2024. The last mission of the Moon, Apollo 17, was December 1972.
According to a NASA statement Monday, astronauts will leave Earth in a new moon mission to an orbital Moon Station, Gateway, to be built by the space agency with private partners. From this temporary home, astronauts will follow a landing module on the south pole of the Moon.