The first person on Mars is ‘likely to be a woman’, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine has said.
“It’s likely to be a woman, the first next person on the Moon. It’s also true that the first person on Mars is likely to be a woman,” CNN cited Bridenstine as saying on a science and technology radio talk show “Science Friday”.
The First Person On Mars Is ‘Likely To be Woman’, Says NASA
The NASA director did not identify a particular person but rather said ladies are at the cutting edge of the agency’s upcoming plans.
NASA will likewise have its first all-female spacewalk at the month’s end when space explorers Anne McClain and Christina Koch will get the opportunity to drift around in space. The spacewalk will last around seven hours, as per the US space agency.
“So these are great days. We have the first all-female spacewalk happening this month at the end of March, which is of course, National Women’s Month,” Bridenstine said.
Both McClain and Koch were a part of the 2013 space explorer class, half of which were women. They originated from the second biggest applicant pool NASA has ever gotten – more than 6,100. The latest class of flight directors was also 50 percent ladies, NASA said.
NASA has made some amazing progress since 1978 when the initial six women joined NASA’s space traveler corps. As of now, women include 34 percent of its dynamic space travelers, as per the organization.
“NASA is committed to making sure we have a broad and diverse set of talent and we’re looking forward to the first woman on the moon,” Bridenstine said.