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The earliest launch date for the unmanned Artemis I mission - destination: The Moon – will be Aug. 29 from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The moon mission will eventually pave the way for humankind to head to Mars, bur first, Artemis I will embark on a months-long mission, orbiting the moon in a broad elliptical orbit to test systems and hardware. One of the longer-term goals of the Artemis mission is to land the first woman and person of color on the moon.
Lead Astronaut Reid Wiseman spoke about the importance of including women and minorities in the Artemis I mission. He said “We want every kid in America to look at our poster and say, ‘Oh, I see myself in that. I grew up poor or I grew up in this state, or I grew up with this type of family. I want to, I can do that someday.’ And it's really important for all of us to stand together as we go and do this.”