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And while the NASA Administrator, who was appointed by President Donald Trump past year, did not name a specific astronaut he said the agency is "committed to making sure that we have a broad and diverse set of talent". Anne McClain, a NASA astronaut and Expedition 58 crew member on the ISS, echoed this by saying that Crew Dragon marks the opening of the next chapter in space exploration.

"It's likely to be a woman, the first next person on the moon".

'So NASA is committed to making sure that we have a broad and diverse set of talent'.

NASA announced last week that it's planning for the first all-female spacewalk later this month, which is coincidentally Women's History Month.

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After almost 50 years of careful storage and being left untouched, NASA says it will finally study lunar samples that were collected during the legendary Apollo missions. The budget request for 2020 provides $21 billion to the space agency, which is more than the budget request in 2019, but is $480 million less than what NASA ultimately received previous year, according to Space News.

NASA already is using private companies to make International Space Station shipments.

NASA's Stephanie Schierholz told Space.com: 'It really is the luck of the draw.

Women now comprise 34 percent of the active astronauts at NASA, according to the agency.

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NASA's SLS, or Space Launch System, rocket, could do everything in one fell swoop. "At $21 billion, this budget represents a almost 6 percent increase over last year's request and comes at a time of constrained resources across the federal government". "This time, when we go to the Moon, we will stay".

Asked if a woman will go to the Moon for the first time, Bridenstine said "The answer is absolutely".

Forget everything you've learned about men and Mars. While NASA is optimistic about the budget, it spells significant delays and terminations for a number of the agency's projects, including the development of a new Space Launch System.

NASA offered a rough timeline of when it expects to actually see the two spacecraft head skyward, with an unmanned test flight tentatively scheduled for 2020 and a manned mission around the Moon slated to take place by 2023.

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In total, four expeditions are now planned that require use of the rover to traverse the Moon's surface. The rover promises a lunar cruising range of 10,000km.

Construction on Gateway - an orbiting lunar outpost - is expected to begin construction as soon as 2022.

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