As part of its Artemis program, NASA will land “the first person of color” in addition to the first woman on the moon, NASA acting administrator Steve Yurchik said.
President Biden’s administration just submitted a $24.7 billion budget proposal to Congress outlining its discretionary spending priorities for fiscal 2022. The proposed budget includes increased funding for NASA to support Mars sample return missions, climate science and the Artemis program.Acting administrator Steve Yurchik also revealed in a statement that the agency will bring” first person of color on the moon” .
Two years ago, under President Trump, NASA had committed to “Login the first lady On the lunar surface in five years”. So far, only twelve people have walked on the moon – all Americans and all whites.
Following this new announcement, Steve Jurczyk outlines a goal “In line with President Biden’s promises” aimed at “Take a holistic approach to promoting equity for all”.
This new funding request tells us more about the Biden administration’s broader science goals. In the coming months, the president is expected to release a comprehensive budget that will include more detail on these spending plans.
Project Artemis, where are we?
Regarding the Artemis program, the Trump administration has set a new human moon landing program by 2024. The Biden administration has not specified whether it will maintain this ambitious timetable. That milestone could be pushed back to 2025, or even 2026, according to several experts.
U.S. agencies have until April 30 to make a decision on the “module” of the moon landing. The three shortlisted companies are: Blue Origin, Dynetics and SpaceX.
Meanwhile, NASA still plans to launch the first phase of its program in November 2021 from Launch Site 39 at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. As part of the mission, called Artemis I, the Orion spacecraft (above) will be mounted on the Block 1 version of NASA’s heavy-lift launcher: the Space Launch System (SLS).
During the mission, which lasts about 26 days, the Orion capsule will lift off toward our satellite and fly over its other side at an altitude of about 150 kilometers. The spacecraft will then be injected into a farther retrograde orbit, where it will operate for six days before embarking on a second low-altitude flight. It will eventually be re-injected into Earth and land in the Pacific Ocean.