It seems that women are about to go down in Space Age history. NASA Says First Man on Mars is “Likely to be a Woman”.
In an interview on a radio show called “Science Friday,” NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine hinted that the first next person on Mars is “likely to be a woman.”
Brindestine brought this bit of exciting information up as an answer to the question from a Twitter user about whether women will be included in humanity’s next attempt to return to the moon. To this question, he replied “absolutely.”
No specific details were given as to the identity of the female astronauts, but Brindestine gave the guarantee by saying, “It’s [also] true that the first person on Mars is likely to be a woman.”
Men’s (or Women’s) Return to the Moon
Humanity last set foot on the Moon on December 14, 1972. This occurred in the person of astronaut Eugene Cernan aboard Apollo 17. But 47 years later, we have not been able to repeat history.
This time, however, Bridenstine said that NASA is ready with its Moon to Mars program. He added that they are “looking forward to the first woman on the Moon.”
An All-Female Spacewalk
But before sending women to the Moon, and hopefully, on Mars, NASA is set to hold its first all-female spacewalk at the end this month, which is National Women’s Month.
According to the NASA website, Astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch will be floating in space for about 7 hours. And there will be a live broadcast of the said event on NASA TV.
The all-female spacewalk, together with the brewing plans of sending women to the Moon and Mars, are part of NASA’s commitment to having “a broad and diverse set of talent,” said Bridenstine.
What better way to end National Women’s Month than to have an all-female spacewalk! This is going to be a groundbreaking achievement for women. So get your suits ready and gear up for a spacewalk party!
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