After NASA’s first black female engineer, Mary Jackson, changed its name, NASA renamed its DC headquarters to celebrate with a poem about “Going to Mars”, even though the agency delayed its planned return Moon.
Long bid “NASA Headquarters” On Friday, in honor of Jackson, the building in Washington, D.C. was officially renamed. Seven years after joining the predecessor National Aviation Advisory Committee (NACA), she became the first black female engineer of the space agency in 1958.
“Only through black Americans can we understand the journey to Mars.”; —Poet and educator Nikki Giovanni excerpted “Beat the Black Eyed Peas” excerpt, which is today’s NASA headquarters as our first Named by Mary W. Jackson, an African American female engineer. pic.twitter.com/MKY1J0V6cu
-NASA (@NASA) February 26, 2021
Jackson died in 2005 and never engaged in any Mars-related projects in his life. The poet Nikki Giovanni paid tribute to the engineer and described the baptism ceremony of the building with a poem. “Go to Mars.”
because “We have rockets, fuel, money and things,” Giovanni believes that NASA will finally start sending humans to the moon again. The only reason for NASA’s perseverance is their lack of control- “They don’t know if what they send out will be rewarded”, she says.
The journey to Mars can only be understood by black Americans
This is not the first step related to changes in NASA’s naming culture. In 2019, the agency launched the Artemis program as a more equal complement to the Apollo mission, with the goal of sending the first woman (and the first man in 50 years) to the moon by 2024. However, the Trump administration stopped its activities without taking affirmative action. Played a game with staff, but has not been selected yet
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NASA said that by 2024, the moon is “no longer realistic”, but despite the lack of funding, it still maintains the Artemis program.
NASA has been delaying the critical deadline for Artemis, which will require brand new hardware and extensive testing of the next generation of lunar landing hardware. Although people think that the 2024 deadline is optimistic before the end of 2020, recent developments make this almost impossible. Congress has largely exhausted NASA’s necessary funding plans, and only allocated $850 million in its last spending bill, while the agency sought $3.2 billion.
As a result, the agency quietly delayed the issuance of the lunar lander contract for two months in late January, insisting that more time is needed to determine which “human landing system” proposals will continue to receive funding.Although Blue Origin, SpaceX and Dynetics are all competing for the job, they must now submit their proposals before the end of April, and NASA hopes these proposals will allow “Seamless transition” To the next stage of the project.
The last U.S. government signed a treaty as early as October to divide “Use the moon, Mars, comets and asteroids for peaceful purposes” Cooperate with seven other countries/regions, while excluding Russia and China, while Russia and China have more experience in moon exploration. President Donald Trump seems to want to militarize space with his space force, but it is not clear to what extent his successor Joe Biden plans to continue the project, which seems to guarantee that by transforming space into the wild Violation of the 1967 Outer Space Treaty dispute-even the alien NATO.
Biden himself has remained relatively silent about his predecessor’s space exploration and dreams. After the inauguration, very little time was wasted before sending more US troops into Syria. Considering the cabinet members he has convened, the president seems to be less interested in air warfare than his predecessor’s traditional war in the Middle East.
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