One small step for the woman could be one great leap for humankind. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said during a press conference with correspondents on Friday that the first person on Mars could be a woman. Bridenstine was conversing with journalists about the main all-female spacewalk which, following quite a while of postponement, occurred last week.
“We could very well see the first person on Mars be a woman. I think that could very well be a milestone,” Bridenstine said, according to a report.
The First Person to Go On Mars Is a Woman: NASA
The NASA chief included that whoever ends up venturing out to Mars is likely too young to even consider being in NASA’s present space astronaut corps. Bridenstine said over the mid-year that an outing to Mars won’t occur until some time during the 2030s.
“If my 11-year-old daughter has her way, we’ll have a woman on Mars in the not-too-distant future,” he added.
At a similar public interview, President Donald Trump acclaimed space explorers Christina Koch and Jessica Meir after they finished the first-ever all-female spacewalk.
“What you do is incredible … You’re very brave people. I don’t think I want to do it, I must tell you that. But you are amazing people.” Trump said, NPR reported. “This is truly historic.”
Meir said thanks to the president during the press conference, including that she and Koch would prefer not to take much credit because other women have done spacewalks before.
“For us, this is really just us doing our jobs,” she said.