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June 10-16, 2019 / Vol 38, No 23 / Hawai’i Island, USA

7 Jun 2019, 20:17 UTC
June 10-16, 2019 / Vol 38, No 23 / Hawai’i Island, USA
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NEEMO 23 Hosts All Women Crew, ILOA & MVA Open 1st Women on the Moon Essay Contest 2019

The first all women NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) campaign #23 is set to occur June 10-19 in Aquarius Underwater Laboratory, 19 meters below the ocean surface off the coast of Key Largo, Florida. It will be commanded by ESA Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, NASA 2017 Astronaut Candidate Jessica Watkins, and Research Assistants Shirley Pomponi (Florida Atlantic University), and Csilla D’Agostino (University of South Florida). The women will test scenarios for using science instruments and tools on the lunar surface, using augmented reality to guide an untrained operator, perform studies of body composition and sleep, and restore some damaged coral reefs. Results will support NASA Artemis program to launch women to Moon South Pole in 2024. Valentina Tereshkova, will be honored June 16 for becoming the first woman in space 56 years ago. First woman from USA, Sally Ride, and first woman from China, Liu Yang, will also be celebrated June 18 and June 16 for their flights 36 and 7 years ago, respectively. International Lunar Observatory Association, and Moon Village Association, are launching ‘2019 First Women On The Moon Essay Contest’ ...

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