Development of NASA's SLS Rocket Suffers Under Proposed 2020 Budget

"In fact, it's likely to be a woman, the first next person on the moon", Bridenstine said.

Bridenstine responded "absolutely" to a question from a Twitter user who asked whether women will be included in the agency's next trip to the moon.

NASA will also have its first all-female spacewalk at the end of the month, when astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch will get to float around in space. Under a section detailing NASA's proposed efforts to return to the moon, the budget reveals the first uncrewed test is now targeted to be launched in the "early 2020s".

The US agency later this month will conduct its first-ever all-female spacewalk on the International Space Station.

"NASA is committed to making sure we have a broad and diverse set of talent", Bridenstine said. Today, women comprise 34% of active NASA astronauts, according to the agency.

The first six women selected to be NASA astronauts: (back row, left to right) Kathryn Sullivan, Shannon W. Lucid, Anna L. Fischer, Judith Resnik, (seated left to right) Sally K. Ride and M. Rhea Seddon.

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Police said she told them that "Patterson made it clear that nobody was to know she was there or bad things would happen to her". KARE 11 reported that Patterson claimed he'd never confided in anyone about his crimes and swore his family was unaware.

NASA's SLS, or Space Launch System, rocket, could do everything in one fell swoop.

"Stored untouched for approximately 50 years, I'm excited the samples will be opened for the first time to be studied by a new generation of scientists", Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, tweeted on Monday. "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".

NASA is pushing for a sustainable moon program this time around, as opposed to the come-and-go Apollo lunar landings a half-century ago.

Amanda Hendrix, a Planetary Science Institute senior scientist and lead author of the paper, said in the press release said, "These results aid in understanding the lunar water cycle and will ultimately help us learn about the accessibility of water that can be used by humans in future missions to the moon".

The plan, which has been in development over the last few years, relies on the developing Space Launch System and Orion spacecraft, along with the Gateway orbital platform. The completion Exploration Missions with SLS and Orion are projected through the 2020s.

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

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