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Woman ‘ to walk on the Moon in 2024’

- By Christo­pher Buck­tin US Ed­i­tor

THE first woman could

Moon within four years.

Nasa has out­lined plans for a male and fe­male as­tro­naut to make the first lu­nar land­ing since Apollo 17 in 1972.

The pair would form the crew of a craft called Orion in the fi­nal leg of a three- stage mis­sion cost­ing £ 22bil­lion.

Only 12 astro­nauts, all Amer­i­can men, have set foot on the moon, with the first land­ing made in 1969 by Apollo 11 crew mem­bers Neil Arm­strong and Buzz Aldrin.

Now Nasa hopes the multi- leg mis­sion, co­de­named Artemis, will see an un­manned test flight next year.

That would be fol­lowed by a manned flight around the Moon in 2023 and a land­ing in 2024.

Nasa’s Jim Bri­den­s­tine said: “We’re go­ing back to the Moon for sci­en­tific dis­cov­ery, eco­nomic ben­e­fits and in­spi­ra­tion for a new gen­er­a­tion of ex­plor­ers.” walk on the

 ??  ?? Buzz Aldrin dur­ing the first lu­nar land­ing in 1969
Buzz Aldrin dur­ing the first lu­nar land­ing in 1969

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