‘Mission Mars’ has been hogging headlines ever since it was announced. The red planet has always kept the curiosity of common man exhilarating whether it’s about the evidence of life on the planet or about NASA’s plan to set a foot on it.
On one hand, the world is not yet over the joy of upcoming first all-female spacewalk that is set to take place on March 29, on the other, NASA has come up with another good news for us!
The head of NASA, Jim Bridenstine, during a special appearance on a radio show “Science Friday” hinted about the first person to land on Mars.
He said, “The first person on Mars is likely to be a woman.”
He added, “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 … So NASA is committed to making sure that we have a broad and diverse set of talent.”
— Science Friday (@scifri) March 12, 2019
Not just Mars, but Bridenstine also confirmed that NASA is planning another trip to the Moon which will “absolutely” include the woman astronaut they are planning to send on Mars.
“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,” he said.
He also said that this time the trip to the moon will not just be about walking a few steps on the lunar surface, but they plan to “stay” and explore more locations there.
As per NASA, the number of women astronauts in the space agency is growing gradually. Presently, 34% of the total active astronauts in NASA are women.
We just cannot wait to have a woman breaking the glass ceiling that leads directly to Mars! Moreover, finally, a female taking forward the legacy of Neil Armstrong on the Moon will be worth watching.