NASA’s Artemis programme will land the first person of colour on the moon. In addition,  National Aeronautics and Space Administration will also land first woman on the moon under this programme.

  • US Space Agency had finalised around 18 astronauts under its Artemis Programme.
  • It included the Indo-American Raja Chari.
  • However, NASA is yet to announce the first two crew members.
  • NASA has now planned to include a person of colour in the crew. With this, NASA will be landing the first person of colour on the moon.
  • Presently, NASA faces huge funding problems.
  • This has been one of the major obstacles in implementing the mission.
  • NASA has requested $24.7 billion of funding for 2022.

About Artemis Programme

  • It is an international human space flight programme funded by the USA Government.
  • The main objective of this programme is to launch a manned mission to the south pole region of the moon by the 2024.
  • Artemis programme is predominantly carried out by NASA. The other international partners in the programme are
    • JAXA (Japan),
    • Italian Space Agency (Agenzia Spaziale Italiana)
    • United Kingdom Space Agency
    • European Space Agency (ESA)
    • United Arab Emirates Space Agency
    • Australian Space Agency
    • Brazilian Space Agency
    • State Space Agency of Ukraine
    • Canadian Space Agency
  • The total cost of this programme is estimated to be $35 billion.
  • It is to be implemented in 3 parts. They are as follows:
    • Artemis I: To be launched in the 2021 and is an uncrewed flight. It will test the Space Launch System and the Orion spacecraft.
    • Artemis II: It is the first crewed flight test and is targeted to be launched in the year 2023.
    • Artemis III: It will land astronauts on the south pole of moon in the year 2024.

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