NASA plans to bring the first woman to the Moon by 2024, the program being coordinated by The Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama, the American Aerospace Agency announced on Saturday.
Operation costs are estimated to be somewhere between $20 and $30 million, with companies such as Jeff Bezos, Blue Origin, Elon Musk, SpaceX and Lockheed Martin Corp. involved in the project. Each of these companies develop components that will be part of the spacecraft module. NASA will launch a contest for the best projects later this year.
The agency named the program Artemis and asked the US Congress to increase the budget for next year by $1.6 million.
The spacecraft module of the Apollo mission was built in the same place 50 years ago.
American Harrison Schmitt is the last person alive on the list of the 12 astronauts who stepped on the Moon in 1972. It is for the first time that NASA is trying to resume space missions with people on US territory since the closure of the program in 2011.