NASA Names First Female and First Black Astronaut for Next Moon Mission

Are you excited about NASA's more inclusive Moon mission?

  • 96.4k
    LeslieG
    Voted Excited
    03/23/2023

    Sounds like the redesign space suits benefits everyone not just women as the space race between the US and China heats up. At stake is space mining and manufacturing not just for space exploration but providing energy on earth

    The UN Outer Space Treaty blocks planetary ownership but not exploration and mining. There are dozens of startup and large companies working on the  "space resources value chain".

    In addition new mining and manufacturing techniques will be available in space than what can be done on earth like

    1) optical mining," a technique using concentrated sunlight to excavate and extract propellant from volatile-rich asteroids, moons, and planetary surfaces

    2) prototypes that collect sunlight and convert it to electrical energy, transfer energy wirelessly in free-space using radio frequency (RF) electrical power, and deploy ultralight structures that will be used to integrate them.

    “NASA is pressing ahead with its mission to mine metals on the moon, seeking to bolster the sustainable space travel market and set the tone for a growing space race with China.”

    https://www.spacesolar.caltech.edu/publications

    https://techcrunch.com/2021/08/06/100m-donation-powers-decade-long-moonshot-to-create-solar-satellites-that-beam-power-to-earth/

    https://interestingengineering.com/science/caltechs-space-based-solar-power-project-could-power-our-planet

    https://greenstocknews.com/news/nyse/rdw/redwire-wins-nasa-contract-to-advance-new-in-space-manufacturing-capability-for-journeys-to-moon-mars-and-beyond

    https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2022/03/a-solar-power-station-in-space-here-s-how-it-would-work-and-the-benefits-it-could-bring

    https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2022/12/china-2023/

    https://www.space.com/space-mining-grinding-into-reality

  • 8,104
    DaveS
    Voted Angry
    03/22/2023

    Why screw up another planet, you might fix the one you got first! You got Russia, China,  North Korea, South America, South Africa, Middle East, Asia and others? And a hole lot of drug addict, mental illness and white nationalist Christianity. 

  • 6,725
    Bruce
    Voted Apathetic
    03/23/2023

    I thought it was GREAT when we first went to moon.  

     

    But I seriously do not understand why we are going back...  

     

    I don't get it.  

    We have too many problems here at home that are threating to destroy the livability of our planet.  But instead of working together to save our world, we are wasting our resources and our treasure on stupid wars and a new generation of moon liandings.  

    Humans aren't very wise...

  • 13.4k
    MrGeer
    Voted Sad
    03/23/2023

    meanwhile, our planet dies, the people need housing and healthcare. I am a huge fan of science, but this is a waste of money, and a distracton from the very real problems we face as a nation, and a planet.

  • 2,934
    Gdbondii
    Voted Happy
    03/23/2023

    Welcome to this century and space travel

  • 608
    Arnold
    04/08/2023

    How do they know its a woman? Or are their no democrats at nasa?

  • 42.0k
    jimK
    Voted Excited
    03/26/2023

    A moon base is necessary to develop the technologies needed to send a manned mission to Mars. The moon is seen as as staging area for the launch vehicles needed to reach Mars - places to store, produce and/or process fuels and find or construct habitable areas to shelter astronauts from the cosmic rays and the solar wind that they will be exposed to (they will be outside of the magnetic bubble that surrounds the earth and much better shields them in near earth orbital missions). Methods for needed Mars habitats are intended to be researched on the moon as well as means to produce them from lunar or martian natural resources. 

    All of the astronauts need to have adequately fitting and durable space suits, including our female astronaut corps. They are expected to be part of the early Mars missions so that new habitats will be cleaned up and adequate meals can be provided when the male astronauts first arrive.[ PLEASE, that last sentence was a joke only intended to get the endorsement of the lunar missions from the Federalist Society and the Republican Cartel - and yes, I do have a warped sense of humor.]

    Since the moon is synchronously locked to the earth’s  rotation and one side of the moon is always looking down at the earth’s surface, there are opportunities to better monitor global climate dynamics in ways that should help guide how to deploy the tools, techniques, methodologies and equipment needed at scale to deal with climate change which will take decades to redress.

    There is also a great economic potential for a lunar base. 

    He3 is known to be present within the lunar surface in large amounts due to the lack of lunar atmosphere and lunar magnetic field which provides direct surface exposure to solar winds, which carry and/or form He3. There are few accessible natural sources of He3 on earth except trace amounts that can be created and collected as a minor byproduct of some nuclear reactions or found at very low concentrations in volcanic gases originating from deep within the earth’s crust 

    Setting up a lunar presence to extract He3 from the soil and refine it would allow extremely efficient nuclear fusion reactors to be built which have little to no nuclear radiation as a byproduct. 

    He3 is a helium atom with an missing neutron and is a stable non-radioactive isotope of helium. Fusion of H2 (Hydrogen with an extra neutron) and He3 results in non radioactive byproducts of H2 and Helium (He4) and the emission of charged protons, the power of which can effectively be used to generate large amounts of electric energy. Laboratory experiments have demonstrated the potential for much lower energy fusion requirements than for H2 fusion and there are no radioactive byproducts. There is enough He3 deposited in the lunar surface to power all the the world’s energy needs for thousands of years.

    A small He3 reactor could easily power a Mars base as well.

    Scientific discovery should not be canceled because there are other dire needs. We can do both. A lot of scientific research and discovery to date has been canceled due to other priorities - discoveries which may well have held the very keys needed to thwarting the climate crisis and geopolitical unrest that will be coming from competitions for increasingly scare resources. 

  • 3,724
    Kevin
    Voted Apathetic
    03/24/2023

    Learning more about the universe is great, but we still need to solve the environmental problems on Earth and punish the living shit out of those responsible.

  • 1,888
    Dawn
    Voted Angry
    03/23/2023

    Why are we wasting money on outer space, when there's so much to fix here on Earth? This money should be used to help US eliminate hunger, homelessness, etc. 

  • 2,934
    Gdbondii
    Voted Happy
    04/07/2023

    Let's go farther than the moon.  A good step for diversity as the republicans tell about it. 

  • 13.4k
    MrGeer
    Voted Sad
    04/07/2023

    I love science, and space travel has always fasinated me...however, I must ask why? why now? why spend billions on a space flight to the moon when we have so many things here on Earth that desperatly need addressing.

    We need real action on the climate crisis, healthcare and housing for all, repairs to our crumbbling infulstructure, and investment in education.

    I never want to hear '' who will pay for it?'' or ''where is the money gonna come from?'' in regaurds to social welfare ever again. they ''find'' the money for this, plus new wars all the time...

  • 1,358
    Leslie
    Voted Excited
    04/09/2023

    About time

  • 2,542
    Joan
    Voted Excited
    04/07/2023

    To watch interviews with the four astronauts, it just looks to me like a normal assemblage of citizens of this country/continent. It is sad that in 2023 we are still talking about the 'first woman' or the 'first person of color' in many aspects of life. It is time for ALL entities to stop relying on the tired old ideas of old white men and broaden their perspective to recruit brilliance from wherever it is found.

  • 5,232
    Adam
    Voted Excited
    04/07/2023

    For anyone who doesn't think it's worth the money, check out how much innovation occurred the last time we were in a "space race."
    https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2019/07/08/space-race-inventions-we-use-every-day-were-created-for-space-exploration/39580591/

  • 858
    Bret
    Voted Apathetic
    04/07/2023

    I’ve always been a huge NASA fan.  I can remember watching the first lunar landing.  I followed the shuttle program, through the good and unfortunate.  NASA just announced their crew of four which is slated to return to the Moon in next year’s Artemis mission, a crew that consists of a women, a black man and two white men.  Unfortunately based on NASA’s recent actions, this diversity isn’t by happenstance, but is obviously forced diversity, meaning that merit and ability has been removed from the equation.  NASA astronauts used to be the best and brightest and fit, now they are playing to the woke audience.

  • 318
    Roger
    Voted Happy
    04/07/2023

    I believe it's high time for us as a species to go out and establish a permanent presence off World.  This will enable us to collect resources to build wealth and spread HomoSapiens around the Solar System.  I am less then keen to continue throwing money at ULA as they've proven to be wasteful and incompetent in the extreme.  Redirecting those funds into Private Space Contractors would be much more valuable to us as a Country as well as to help our entire species survive the next 50 years...

  • 1,128
    Lois
    Voted Excited
    04/07/2023

    Women make better Astronauts.  Women do everything better!

  • 1,927
    Paul
    Voted Happy
    04/07/2023

    Not excited, just glad. I look forward to the day when race and gender aren't headline news. (Yeah, I'm an idealist. So sue me....)

  • 1,846
    RoyB
    Voted Excited
    04/07/2023

    Commentators did a very good job explaining why this is such a good idea.   So I will take a different approach.  

    Earthlings badly need positive and good vibes!   We have all the woes and problems of the earth and we get enough of that in the news.

    Politicians - for whatever their reasons may be - tries to resolve world problems.   Ok - let them do them.  

    This voyage to the Moom is just positively great news.   Many youngsters will have dreams of voyages to planets other than the moon when they watch the success of the launching, landing on the moon, and back to Earth.  

    That is good for humanity.     Successful voyages create positive and good news.  

    Let's get excited!!!!

  • 1,271
    justiceforamerica
    Voted Angry
    04/07/2023

    First thing - WHAT DOES race have to do with anything??????

     

    The moon - what for????  We need borders and illegals GONE - how about that for useful. NASA has been useless for years

  • 9,037
    Charles
    Voted Excited
    04/07/2023

    I'm "over the moon" that this is happening!

  • 1,532
    Lael
    Voted Excited
    04/07/2023

    yes

  • 2,755
    George
    Voted Excited
    04/07/2023

    About time! 

  • 2,612
    530 East Hunt Highway
    Voted Apathetic
    04/07/2023

    I only hope that this individual, regardless of race or colr was chosen because of their ability!

  • 706
    Dan
    Voted Apathetic
    04/07/2023

    A launching point to get us to Mars?  No point really when Mars is already here.  Besides, if they're not sending a gender-confused astronut, Gumby & Pokey or Hunter Biden, what's the point?

  • 49.9k
    Brian
    Voted Excited
    04/05/2023

    I'm happy to see the crew of the next mission reflects the diversity of the United States. I hope this mission will be a great success with those new uniforms.

  • 7,796
    PLZ
    Voted Excited
    04/05/2023

    As a woman this is great news!  I'm also happy to see a bruther in the mix too.  
    Working in the white man's world is tough.  So happy to see this.  Best wishes and safe travels!