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Concord, NH --On Tuesday afternoon, August 11 at 2 p.m., the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center will host a special live Zoom discussion led by Patricia Moore from NASA’s Deep Space Exploration Division on the Artemis Program, whose goal is to land the first woman and next man on the Moon by 2024. Online registration is required to access the presentation; see the museum’s website, starhop.com, to register. This event is free, but donations are welcome.

Groundbreaking science and engineering arose from NASA’s Apollo Program in the 1960s and early 1970s. Over the course of six missions, 12 human beings set foot on the Moon – all of them men. Although women had been spacefarers since Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova flew into space in 1963, on her solo flight aboard Vostok 6, it was not until 20 years later, in 1983, that the U.S. Space program sent its first woman into space. By the time Astronaut Sally Ride served as a crewmember aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger, 12 years had passed since any human had ventured to the Moon. 

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NASA has named its initiative to return human explorers to the Moon “Artemis”, after the Greek Goddess whose twin was Apollo. The name indicates NASA’s commitment to crewing its next mission to the Moon with at least one woman. In an accelerated schedule, NASA’s return to the Moon is set for 2024. After 48 years of humans flying no higher than 350 miles above the Earth, do we still have what it takes to successfully travel a quarter of a million miles from Earth and back? Are we just going to fly to the Moon, grab some rocks and come home? Or are we going to stay a while, and learn what we can to prepare us for humanity’s next step – setting foot on Mars?  NASA Deep Space Exploration Division Museum Liaison Patricia Moore will discuss these and other questions in Tuesday’s chat. 

The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center features 21st century interactive exhibits on aviation, astronomy, Earth and space sciences, an all-digital, full-dome planetarium and a wide variety of science, technology, and engineering and mathematics programs. The engaging, robust educational programs are geared towards families, teens, seniors, students, community groups and lifelong learners. For more information, visit www.starhop.com.

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