NASA aims to start a new moon mission, that will put a woman on the lunar orb by 2024, and that President Trump has said he will fully support.
Of course, NASA is no stranger to sending up rockets bound for the moon, but this is the first time they have accurately named it after a Greek God. Originally, they have named them Apollo, and I really don't understand why, because Apollo literally has nothing to do with the moon. He's the Sun God. While He and His Sister, Artemis, are both Light Gods themselves, they are not of the same realm. Artemis' light is that of the moon. Apollo and Artemis certainly share things in common, but the same light source isn't one of them.
Don't get me wrong, I adore Apollo (Apollon) as I love and adore all of the Gods, which is why I believe in proper honors to each, and missions that involve specifically the moon are not that of His traditional realm. I understand how some may consider space missions to be connected to Apollo in the sense of being the God of inspiration and achievement, but in all truth, other Greek Gods can fill that role too. In those respects, you could also name a moon mission after Zeus, Athena or Hephaistos. Perhaps NASA decided to name the mission after Artemis because its objective is to put a woman on the moon, but if the mission was solely about gender, why not Hera, who is not only the Queen of Heaven but the Goddess of women? Artemis is a Goddess of young girls, but Her dominant role with adult women is childbirth, hunting and chastity if a woman has chosen an abstinent lifestyle, not travel and exploration.
I'm not trying to be a Negative Nancy. I'm certainly glad that NASA is still finding their inspiration and motivation in the Greek Gods, but I would also like to be among the people who decide the names of missions and the objectives behind them. I think they need a Hellenist on the floor. Read more about this latest story here.
In the Goodness of the Gods,