NASA plans to name the first female astronaut to fly to the moon as part of Artemis II

NASA is going to name the first female astronaut to fly to the moon.

The US Space Agency expected to announce four crew members for a fly-by in November, as part of Artemis II.

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A woman is expected to be on both Artemis II and Artemis III lunar missionsCredits: Getty – Contributor

That will pave the way for Artemis III, the 2025 mission to send humans back to the moon for the first time since 1972.

For the first time in history, a woman is expected to be on both missions, nine of which are reportedly in the running.

They contain rugby playing engineer Anne McClain, 43, an war in Iraq pilot who studied at the University of Bath.

Kayla Baron, 35, one Cambridge graduate who has served on nuclear submarines is also in the list.

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Another is Stephanie Wilson, 56, who became just the second black woman in space with three missions to the ISS between 2006 and 2010.