The first person on Mars is ‘likely to be a woman’, aforementioned NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. “It’s likely to be a woman, the first next person on the Moon, cited Bridenstine as speech communication on a science and technology radio chat show “Science Friday”. The NASA administrator though did not name anyone but said women are at the forefront of the agency’s upcoming plans.
NASA also will have its 1st all-female spacewalk at the tip end of the month, once astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Robert Koch can get to float around in space. The spacewalk can last around seven hours, as per the 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,” said Bridenstine.
NASA has come a long way since 1978, when the first six women joined NASA’s astronaut corps. Currently, women comprise 34 per cent of its active astronauts, according to the agency.
“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,” said Bridenstine.