Why is a woman being sent to the moon by NASA?

Why is a woman being sent to the moon by NASA?

NASA’s Artemis initiative seeks to put a female on the moon for the first time. So why is that? The 60th celebration of human spaceflight will be celebrated on Monday, April 12th, or 60 years after the Soviet pilot, as well as cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was the very first human to travel into space on April 12, 1961. Following this watershed moment in history, NASA sent the first American into orbit and landing the first people on the moon in only a few years.

Twelve individual explorers walked on the moon as part of NASA’s Apollo initiative. There was one characteristic that all of these moonwalkers shared in common: they were all guys. The astronaut profile was highly static in the agency’s early decades; most astronauts were research pilots who were in their 30s, and all of them were white males.

Since then, the narrow concept of what it requires to work as an astronaut has broadened, culture as a whole has changed, and the astronaut profile has gradually broadened to encompass a broader range of trained space explorers. Now, NASA’s new crewed moon landing program, Artemis, plans to return astronauts to the lunar surface, including women, for the first time. This milestone comes after more than half a century of the organization’s past, and landing a woman on the moon, as per NASA explorers, historians, as well as the agency itself, would not be the last or ultimate victory for diversity as well as inclusion in space. It is, therefore, the next logical move.

Peggy Whitson, who is a retired NASA astronaut as well as the very first female non-military head of NASA’s Astronaut Office since smashing records as an astronaut, informed Space.com that she believes NASA is “trying to further market and stimulate participation in the flight to the moon” by emphasizing women’s work in Artemis. “I believe that traveling to the moon will be the next logical move and that it is important in order for humanity to build the technology that would be needed to go farther to reach Mars,” Whitson said.

In an interview with Space.com, spaceflight historian as well as author Amy Shira Teitel said, “We’re conscious that the last period we went to the moon, in the 1960s, it was just guys, but we’re righting a historical wrong.” “I believe it’s to demonstrate inclusivity,” she said of NASA’s deliberate inclusion of women in the upcoming lunar landing. To others, NASA’s forthcoming Artemis crewed lunar landing, which is set to take place in 2024, could seem to be a stunt to demonstrate diversity in the astronaut corps. While NASA’s decision to have a woman as being one of the two individuals to walk on the moon next is deliberate, current as well as former NASA astronauts disagree that it is a “stunt.”

This isn’t the very first time that social networking bots have labeled the results of NASA’s increasing diversity as “stunts.” At the International Space Station in the year 2019, NASA astronauts Christina Koch, as well as Jessica Meir, performed the first all-female spacewalk. This spacewalk was part of a routine battery replacement and repair project, but it made news because it was the first time a spacewalk was performed entirely by women. However, NASA did not pair the two together on purpose to make history; Meir and Koch are just two eligible astronauts who were partnered together due to the spacewalk rotation plan, according to NASA officials at the time. The fact that there are more women in the astronaut corps has resulted in this scheduling coincidence.