Of the 12 people who have walked on the moon, zero have been women. NASA’s Artemis program aims to change that by landing the first woman on the moon.
“I have a daughter. She is 11 years old, and I want her to see herself in the same position that our current, very diverse astronaut corps currently sees itself, having the opportunity to go to the moon,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in an agency town hall May 14. “In the 1960s, young ladies didn’t have the opportunity to see themselves in that role. Today they do, and I think this is a very exciting opportunity.”
NASA hopes that landing a woman on the moon may inspire new generations to dream big and work hard by providing representation for young girls. To date, only 64 of the 566 people who have flown to space have been women.