NASA’s Latest Mission To The Moon Is Named After An Ancient Lunar Goddess Turned Feminist Icon


She was a daughter of Zeus and the twin sister of Apollo, but why is NASA naming missions after her?


In addition, the Artemis I undertaking will carry  mannequins designed to examine the effects of radiation on ladies’s

our bodies in order that NASA can discover ways to shield girl astronauts higher.

Female astronauts are currently less likely to be selected for missions than men because their bodies tend to hit NASA’s maximum acceptable threshold of radiation earlier.

NASA expects to bring the first woman and person of color to the Moon on Artemis III sometime after 2024.

As a scholar of Greek mythology, I find the name of the mission quite evocative:

The Greeks and Romans associated Artemis with the Moon, and she has also become a modern-day feminist icon.

With Artemis, NASA is nodding back to the Apollo program, which lasted from 1963 to 1972 and put the first men on the Moon in 1969