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Nasa lays out plan to fly first woman to the Moon in 2024 – and set up a lunar base


NASA is aiming to put the first female on the Moon by 2024.

The US space agency wants a man and a woman to follow in the footsteps of lunar pioneer Neil Armstrong.

They also hope to establish a base camp later in the decade for long-term exploration.

Nasa’s Jim Bridenstine has said the first woman on the Moon would be a “proven” astronaut, who has spent time on the ­International Space Station.

She would be selected from the 17 women in Nasa’s astronaut corps. Today he said the US government must sanction another ­injection of cash to fund the £22billion Artemis Moon landing programme for four more years.

He wants £2.5billion to develop a human landing system. He said: “It’s critically important we get that.”

Under Nasa’s plan, an unmanned test flight around the Moon, called Artemis-1, will launch next autumn.

Artemis-2 will repeat the trip with astronauts.

Artemis-3 will be the first mission to send astronauts to the lunar surface since Apollo 17 in 1972.

Nasa has provided £763million to several companies to work on designs for the landing vehicle.

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