In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s Artemis moon program could send the first woman to the Moon. A new Washington D.C. street name pays tribute to African American women and human spaceflight pioneers Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn, and Mary Jackson. A new telescope under development in Chile could be named after astronomer Vera Rubin.
Human Space Exploration
Bridenstine: Artemis mission could send first woman to the MoonSpaceflightinsider.com (6/11): During a visit to NASA’s Glenn Research Center earlier this week, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine noted the agency’s horizon goal of reaching Mars with human explorers includes a return to the surface of the Moon in 2024, one that will include an opportunity for the first women to walk on the surface of another planetary body. Glenn is developing hardware to rove and excavate the lunar surface, an advanced solar electric propulsion system and a Kilopower reactor, a lunar surface electrical generator.
The stars of ‘Hidden Figures’ are now immortalized on street signWashington Post (6/12): Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson were pioneers who helped send U.S. astronauts into space and eventually to the Moon, yet “were not celebrated” at the time. During ceremonies in the nation’s capital on Wednesday, the ...