NASA boss says first person on Mars 'likely to be a woman'

Federico Mansilla
Marcha 13, 2019

And while the NASA Administrator, who was appointed by President Donald Trump a year ago, did not name a specific astronaut he said the agency is "committed to making sure that we have a broad and diverse set of talent".

Bridenstine was asked whether women will be included in the agency's next trip to the moon.

The find could be important for future manned missions to the Moon, NASA says.

Anne McClaine, and fellow astronaut Christina Koch, will conduct the spacewalk as part of Expedition 59 on March 29, which is expected to take seven hours.

"NASA is committed to making sure we have a broad and diverse set of talent", Bridenstine said. "It's also true that the first person on Mars is likely to be a woman". Now, women make up 34% of active astronauts at NASA.

NASA's Stephanie Schierholz told Space.com: 'It really is the luck of the draw.

The first six women joined NASA's Astronaut Corps in 1978, making up almost 10 per cent of the active astronaut corps.

Happy National Women's Month, indeed.

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Pieces of that Lunar Gateway were initially set to launch on an enhanced version of NASA's upcoming Space Launch System rocket, but the budget document suggests a delay in that enhanced SLS development and allows for some components to be launched by commercial rockets.

A new $21 billion 2020 budget marks almost a six per cent increase from last year's.

Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington, DC, said: "By studying these precious lunar samples for the first time, a new generation of scientists will help advance our understanding of our lunar neighbour and prepare for the next era of exploration of the Moon and beyond".

"We will map changes from core to rim that reveal hydrogen and oxygen pressures in the lunar interior and before, during, and after eruption".

Forget everything you've learned about men and Mars.

Bridenstine dedicated a lot of discussion to the Gateway, also called the Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway (and formerly the Deep Space Gateway), which is a proposed moon-orbiting outpost that would serve as a waystation to the lunar surface and as a research station.

SLS and Orion are expected to be ready for their first uncrewed test flight in 2020.

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