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NASA's new rocket won't be ready for moon shot next year

14 March 2019

NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine stopped by "Science Friday", a science and tech radio show, where he revealed the agency's plans to put a woman on Mars, CNN reports.

And while the NASA Administrator, who was appointed by President Donald Trump previous year, did not name a specific astronaut he said the agency is "committed to making sure that we have a broad and diverse set of talent".

In Bridenstine's published statement today, he summarizes: "Beginning with a series of small commercial delivery missions to the Moon as early as this year, we will use new landers, robots and eventually humans by 2028 to conduct science across the entire lunar surface".

Bridenstine was asked whether women will be included in the agency's next trip to the moon.

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In fact, he said the next person on the moon is also likely to be a woman.

The US agency later this month will conduct its first-ever all-female spacewalk on the International Space Station.

"NASA is committed to making sure that we have a broad and diverse set of talent", he said. Jackie Kagey will be the lead spacewalk flight controller.

McClain and Koch were both a part of the 2013 astronaut class, according to CNN, half of which were women. We feel lucky that it [the all-female spacewalk] just sort of happened to be in Women's History Month'.

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The first six women selected to be NASA astronauts: (back row, left to right) Kathryn Sullivan, Shannon W. Lucid, Anna L. Fischer, Judith Resnik, (seated left to right) Sally K. Ride and M. Rhea Seddon.

A new $21 billion 2020 budget marks almost a six per cent increase from last year's.

However, the water observed by the LAMP instrument does not decrease when the Moon is shielded by the Earth and the region influenced by its magnetic field, suggesting water builds up over time, rather than "raining" down directly from the solar wind.

Forget everything you've learned about men and Mars.

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"By studying these precious lunar samples for the first time, a new generation of scientists will help advance our understanding of our lunar neighbor and prepare for the next era of exploration of the Moon and beyond,"explained Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate". The completion Exploration Missions with SLS and Orion are projected through the 2020s.

NASA's new rocket won't be ready for moon shot next year