Artemis I will send a rocket without a crew on a monthlong journey around the Moon
- The programme aims to increase women’s participation in space exploration.
- In addition, the Artemis I mission will carry two mannequins designed to study the effects of radiation on women’s bodies so that NASA can learn how to protect female astronauts better.
- The Greeks and Romans associated Artemis with the Moon, and she has also become a modern-day feminist icon.
- Artemis was a major deity in ancient Greece, worshiped at least as early as the beginning of the first millennium B.C., or even earlier.
- She was a daughter of Zeus, the chief god of the Olympians, who ruled the world from the summit of Mount Olympus. She was also the twin sister of Apollo, god of the Sun and oracles.
- Her independence and strength have long inspired women in a wide range of activities.
- As the goddess of animals and the wilderness, Artemis has also inspired environmental conservancy programs, in which the goddess is viewed as an example of a woman exercising her power by caring for the planet.