NASA to Discuss Early Artemis Exploration Plans with Media

Illustration of Artemis astronauts on the Moon. (Credits: NASA)

WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine will discuss the agency’s latest Artemis  program exploration plans during a media teleconference today at 5 p.m. EDT. Audio of the call will stream live on the agency’s website.

Additional NASA participants in the discussion include:

  • Kathy Lueders, associate administrator for NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate
  • James Reuter, associate administrator for NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate
  • Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate

About 18 months ago, NASA accepted a bold challenge to send the first woman and next man to the surface of the Moon in 2024.

For more information about America’s Moon to Mars exploration plans, go to:

https://www.nasa.gov/moontomars

Editor’s Note: Note the language here. NASA has deleted mention of sending the Artemis III astronauts to the south pole of the moon. Now it’s the lunar surface.

The change is in line with a trial balloon that NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine floated last week of having the first landing crew of Artemis III visit one of the Apollo sites.

UPDATE: NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine was emphatic that the first crewed landing and subsequent ones would be going to the lunar south pole. He said remarks he made last week were misinterpreted. Interestingly, the press release announcing the phase 1 plan doesn’t include mention of the south pole.