In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s plans for lunar return include landing the first woman on the lunar surface. Education advocates oppose a $1.6 billion 2020 NASA budget supplement that proposes to redirect funds from the Pell Grant reserves. NASA awards $106 million to U.S. small businesses developing technology to support lunar exploration and development. Troubleshooting continues on the Mars Insight heat probe.
Human Space Exploration
NASA plans to land the first woman on the Moon by 2024
CNN.com (5/13): NASA is planning on sending the first woman ever and the first man in nearly five decades to the moon by 2024, thanks to an additional increase to the agency’s budget by President Trump. Only 12 humans, all male, have ever walked on the moon and they were all American, according to Bettina Inclán, NASA Communications Director. All 12 men were Americans. “The last person walked on the Moon in 1972,” Inclán told CNN in a statement. “No woman has ever walked on the lunar surface.”
Should Trump take Pell Grant money for NASA’s Moonshot? Outraged education advocates say no
USA Today (5/15): Earlier this week, the White House presented Congress with a proposed $1.6 billion 2020 NASA budget supplement ...