The National Aeronautics and Space Administration of the United States (NASA, for its acronym in English) announced this week its plan to take a first woman to the Moon, a trip that is scheduled to take place in the year 2024. The administrator NASA Jim Bridenstine stressed that the $ 28 billion plan will seek to return humans to the lunar surface for the first time since 1972. “We will return to the moon for scientific discovery, economic benefits and to inspire a new generation of scouts, “Bridenstine said in a statement Monday. “By building a sustainable presence, we also build momentum toward those first human steps on the Red Planet,” he said, referring to Mars. NASA’s mission to the Moon is part of its Artemis Plan, by which a group of astronauts will be propelled to the Moon thanks to the Space Launch System (SLS, for its acronym in English) and the Orion aircraft. Bridenstine told reporters that “political risks” have frequently threatened the work of the space agency, especially before such a crucial election. If Congress approves $ 3.2 billion in seed funding before Christmas, “we would still be in time for a moon landing in 2024,” he said. NASA test paves the way for new manned flights to the moon On its return to the moon in 2024, NASA plans to send a woman. NASA’s announcement to send a woman to the Moon comes as President Donald Trump is courting female voters as part of his campaign to win reelection in the November 3 election. Trump has promised to nominate a woman this week to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Polls show Trump trailing Democratic candidate Joe Biden by a wide margin among voters, particularly among white women living in the suburbs. Three projects compete to build a spacecraft that can land on the moon and can carry two astronauts from the Orion spacecraft to the surface of the Moon. One is being developed by Blue Origin, a company founded by Amazon president Jeff Bezos, in partnership with Draper, Lockheed Martin, and Northrup Grumman. The other projects are in development by the firms of Elon Musk, SpaceX and Dunetics.After an unmanned flight around the Moon in 2021 and a flight of Artemis II with a crew around the astro in 2023, Artemis III will land in 2024 and remain on the moon for a week. Astronauts will spend their time collecting sand and rock samples, searching for water and other resources, and conducting science experiments.