First particular person on Mars lady, happening later this month.
In a March eight interview for the radio speak present “Science Friday,” Jim Bridenstine, the administrator for NASA, stated the primary particular person on Mars will probably be a lady. What’s extra, Bridenstine predicted that the following American astronaut to stroll on the moon may also be a lady. He didn’t present an actual date for both of those plans, however did supply up an thrilling timeline for an additional woman-focused occasion: the primary all-woman spacewalk shall be happening later this month.
By way of The Huffington Submit, Bridenstine stated through the present, “The primary particular person on Mars is prone to be a lady.” He added,
These are nice days. We’ve got the primary all-female spacewalk occurring this month on the finish of March, which is after all, Nationwide Ladies’s Month … So NASA is dedicated to creating positive that we’ve got a broad and various set of expertise.
Bridenstine didn’t present particular data as to how NASA will resolve who to ship on this mission. Nonetheless, it could be a tougher resolution than you assume, given what number of extra girls have gotten astronauts these days than there have been in 1978, when NASA first accepted girls. Per NASA, 34 % of lively astronauts are actually girls.
What’s extra, NASA reviews that this yr marks the primary yr within the establishment’s historical past that the astronaut candidate class is half males, half girls. The group can be working to extend the quantity of individuals of coloration who’re within the ranks; presently, African American, Asian, Pacific Islander, Hispanic, and different “multi-racial astronauts” make up 24 % of lively astronauts for NASA, per the group.
By way of The Huffington Submit, the primary all-female spacewalk will happen on March 29, and can embody astronauts Christina Koch and Anne McClain. The lead spacewalk officer shall be Jackie Kagey, the publication reviews. In a press release acquired by The Huffington Submit, NASA spokeswoman Kathryn Hambleton stated, “The March 29 spacewalk would be the first with solely girls… [but] assignments and schedules might at all times change.”
The objective of the spacewalk is to work on upgrades to the Worldwide House Station, in response to House.com. In a televised name with Mike Pence on March 6, McClain stated,
[We’re] getting the fits prepared and getting the programs prepared, setting the procedures, and getting the staff prepared… However the area station, it’s been up right here for 20 years, and it’s time to do some upgrades on the surface, and we’re prepared.