NASA originally said it wanted to put the first woman and next man on the moon for its Artemis moon mission in 2024. Now, NASA are considering sending an all-female crew to the moon for the Artemis mission. NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine spoke to engineering students at the University of Colorado Boulder on Friday.
A student asked during the live-streamed session if NASA had considered sending an all-female crew for the Artemis session.
Mr Bridenstine said: “Have we considered it? Yes, and it wouldn’t surprise me if that’s what we did.”
He also said the crew had not been picked yet but that the first American woman and the next American man will visit the moon by 2024.
He continued: “We could have a crew of two women going to the moon within five years.”
The Artemis mission is on a tight schedule with delays to NASA’s Space Launch System.
The rocket system will launch the Orion crew capsule and the moon-bound astronauts on their journey.
So far, only men have visited the moon but the Artemis mission could allow two female astronauts to walk the moon.
American astronaut Eugene Andrew Cernan was the last man to walk the moon in 1972.
NASA wants to resume human space missions from American soil for the first time since the space shuttle program ended in 2011.
Vice President Mike Pence announced in March that he wanted to put astronauts back on the moon by 2024, despite setting his previous goal at 2028.
US President Donald Trump is yet to make it clear whether he supports the mission.
The president urged in June for NASA to focus on “much bigger” initiatives like going to Mars.