NASA's 'woman on the Moon' logo embodies Greek goddess Artemis

New NASA logo celebrates women on the moon as part of 2024 mission

By Angela Garrity, Guest blogger

Greek mythology teaches that the patron goddess and protector of the Moon is Artemis — which is exactly why NASA chose the namesake for its 2024 spaceflight program that will put its first woman on the lunar south pole region of the moon. 

NASA’s work of the Artemis Project will encompass all of its efforts of returning humans to the Moon – in preparation to propel further human exploration on Mars by 2028. As the “torch bringer,” literally and figuratively, Artemis will light the way to Mars. 

A NASA logo of Artemis, the goddess of the Moon, which will be used for upcoming space travel missions to the Moon in 2024

To help prepare for this next series of space studies, NASA unveiled desktop backgrounds and mobile backgrounds that feature the portrait of the Greek goddess, Artemis. Her likeness is illustrated within the highlights and shadows of the crescent moon’s topography and her features are abstract enough so that any woman can see themselves in her.

On its website, NASA said:

"Artemis, the twin sister of Apollo and Goddess of the Moon and the hunt, encompasses all of our present efforts to return humans to the Moon – to prepare us and propel us on to Mars. Through the Artemis program, we will see the first woman and next man walk on the surface of the Moon. As the 'torch bringer,' literally and figuratively, Artemis will light our way to Mars."

NASA announced earlier this year that it will support as many as 12 Artemis missions, including the mission to the Moon, as part of its Orion spacecraft production line. Spacecraft production for the Orion program in Houston will focus on reusability and building a sustainable presence on the Moon.

NASA is literally “gearing up” to go where no human has gone before, in preparation for these epic historical moments. Sustainable architectures such as Exploration Ground Systems, Space Launch Systems, Orion, Gateway, Lunar Landers and the Artemis Generation Spacesuits are all part of the grand planning that encompasses further deep space exploration – from the Moon to Mars and beyond. We are going.

Technology is fascinating and NASA is paving the way for generations of explorations beyond Earth to come. We go as the Artemis Generation.

Watch the clip below from the Science segment of Fueled by Death Cast to learn more about The Artemis Generation and the Moon to Mars mission.