LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The first person of color will land on the moon under the Artemis program, NASA announced on April 9.
The space agency had already pledged to land the “first woman and next man” on the lunar surface within five years when it announced the Artemis program under President Trump in 2019.READ MORE: Scorching Heat, Strong Winds Brings Elevated Wildfire Risk To LA Region
The new goal for the program comes from the Biden-Harris administration, which proposes to fund the agency at $24.7 billion, a 6.3 percent increase from the previous year.
“[The funding] keeps NASA on the path to landing the first woman and the first person of color on the Moon under the Artemis program,” acting NASA Administrator Steve Jurczyk said in a statement.
The Artemis program’s first mission, Artemis I, is expected to be launched in November 2021, but will not include a crew. Artemis II will be a crewed flyby of the moon in August 2023. And Artemis III will send astronauts to the lunar south pole in October 2024.
The Artemis program will land the first person of color on the moon, according to NASA.
The new goal for the program, which seeks to land the first woman and the next man on at the lunar south pole by 2024, comes from the Biden-Harris administration. https://t.co/dpAfjH1fjqREAD MORE: Man Struck, Killed By Hit-Run Driver In Santa Monica
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The first cadre of astronauts for the Artemis program were announced in December, but the first two crew members for Artemis III have yet to be announced.
“These are historic moments in advancing equity for all of humankind,” says Bhavya Lal, acting NASA chief of staff. “Women and people of color represent a significant contributing portion of all facets of NASA’s workforce, and the last two astronaut classes selected have included the highest percentage of women in history.”MORE NEWS: Kathy Griffin Announces She Has Lung Cancer
Only 12 people — all Americans and all white men — have ever stepped foot on the moon. Those dozen astronauts walked on the moon from 1969 to 1972 as part of NASA’s Apollo program.