Did you hear the news? NASA is sending astronauts back to the moon and an explorer has gone deeper into the ocean than ever before! This is your #STEMnewsTues on the latest in inner and outer space!
First, Victor Vescovo journeyed 10,927 meters (35,853 feet) to the bottom of the Challenger Deep , the southern end of the Pacific Ocean's Mariana Trench, as part of a mission to chart the world's deepest underwater places. In addition to four new species that could offer clues about the origins of life on Earth, Vescovo said he observed a plastic bag and candy wrappers at the deepest point on the planet. Afterwards, he was quoted as saying, "I think it is a wonderful part of human nature that makes us want to push ourselves to the limits, which has helped propel us as a species to where we are now.”
Now to the outer limits, NASA announced its latest project, “Artemis”! She was the twin sister of Apollo and goddess of the Moon in Greek mythology. Now, she represents NASA's program to return astronauts to the lunar surface by 2024, including the first woman and the next man. When they land, our American astronauts will step foot where no human has ever been before: the Moon’s South Pole.
Working with U.S. companies and international partners, NASA will push the boundaries of human exploration forward to the Moon for Artemis. As a result, NASA will be able to establish a sustainable human presence on the Moon by 2028 to uncover new scientific discoveries, demonstrate new technological advancements, and lay the foundation for private companies to build a lunar economy. With the goal of sending humans to Mars. Artemis is the first step to begin this next era of exploration.
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