1242 GMT May 06, 2021
“The first woman to step on the Moon could be an Iranian-American. As NASA firming up its Artemis Program plans (in Greek mythology Artemis was the sister of Apollo) to send astronauts back to the Moon by 2024, it has selected a cadre of 18 astronauts (9 women and 9 men) to draw from multiple missions to the Moon,” Firouz Naderi, the former director of Solar System exploration at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory wrote on his Instagram page on Thursday.
The first mission will have a female astronaut dubbed “the first woman” and a fellow male astronaut dubbed “the next man,” he added.
“One of the nine female astronaut is Jasmine Moghbeli – an Iranian-American,” NASA consultant wrote.
NASA selected 18 astronauts from its corps to form the Artemis Team and help pave the way for the next astronaut missions on and around the Moon as part of the Artemis program.
US Vice President Mike Pence introduced the members of the Artemis Team Wednesday during the eighth National Space Council meeting at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, nasa.gov reported.
The astronauts on the Artemis Team come from a diverse range of backgrounds, expertise, and experience. The agency’s modern lunar exploration program will land the first woman and next man on the Moon in 2024 and establish a sustainable human lunar presence by the end of the decade.
NASA will announce flight assignments for astronauts later, pulling from the Artemis Team. Additional Artemis Team members, including international partner astronauts, will join this group, as needed.