Women To Visit Mars?

NASA Hints That A Woman Could Be First Human To Land On Mars

by Jerry Chiemeke

Women To Visit Mars?

The month of March is peculiar because it reminds the world of the strides that have been (and are still being) made by women. We have seen women excel in sport and the arts, and they have been making significant in politics, but it is pertinent to note the progress recorded in science too.

Chances are that the first person to land on planet Mars will be a woman, the head of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said recently.

Jim Bridenstine, administrator of NASA was a guest on the science and technology radio show "Science Friday" on Friday March 8, when he teased that a woman is "likely to be" the first person on Mars. The NASA administrator did not identify a specific person, but said women are at the forefront of the agency's upcoming plans.

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Bridenstine responded "absolutely" to a question from a Twitter user who asked whether women will be included in the agency's next trip to the moon. In fact, he said the next person on the moon is also likely to be a woman.

"These are great days," he said.

This comes on the back of NASA's recent announcement that an all-female crew would conduct a spacewalk for the first time at the International Space Station. NASA has come a long way since 1978, when the first six women joined NASA's astronaut corps. Today, women comprise 34% of active NASA 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," Bridenstine said.

Nothing is set in stone, but this is laudable if the agency follows this through, and we are eager to see how this unfolds.