When NASA sends people to the moon for the primary time in additional than half a century, one fortunate astronaut will go down in historical past for changing into the primary lady on the moon. Then it will not be lengthy earlier than we see the primary lady on Mars, and she or he simply would possibly beat the primary man there, in line with NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine.
“We may very properly see the primary particular person on Mars be a lady,” Bridenstine advised reporters on Friday (Oct. 18) throughout a information convention about the primary all-woman spacewalk. “I believe that might very properly be a milestone,” he added.
NASA at the moment has no concrete plans for touchdown people on Mars — the moon is the company’s first precedence — however Bridenstine has stated that the primary crewed Mars touchdown may occur someday within the 2030s. In the meantime, the personal spaceflight firm SpaceX is engaged on its Starship Mars-colonizing rocket, which may assist NASA ship these astronaut pioneers to the Pink Planet.
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“If my 11-year-old daughter has her method, we’ll have a lady on Mars within the not-too-distant future,” Bridenstine stated, including that whoever finally ends up going to Mars might be too younger to have already been chosen to affix NASA’s astronaut corps right now. Nevertheless, the soon-to-be first lady on the moon will possible be chosen from NASA’s present pool of energetic astronauts.
NASA has not but introduced who would be the first lady on the moon, however whoever she could also be, she’s scheduled to land in 2024. That moon touchdown mission is a part of NASA’s Artemis program, which is the company’s precursor to establishing a everlasting human presence on and across the moon — one thing that will assist pave the way in which to Mars.
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