UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — When NASA sends humans to the moon for the first time in more than half a century, the lucky astronaut who will enter history will probably be a woman.
After that, it will not be long before we see the first woman on Mars, and may overcome the first man to reach the red planet, said Jim Bridenstine, NASA director.
“We can probably see the first person to reach the surface of Mars as a woman,” Pridenstein told a news conference on the first spacewalk of a couple of women on Friday (October 18th). “I think this will be a milestone,” he said.
NASA currently has no specific plans to land on the Red Planet, as the moon is the top priority for the agency, while Pridenstein said that the first human landing on Mars, may occur sometime in the 1930s.
Meanwhile, the private US space company SpaceX is developing its Starship Mars rocket, which will help NASA send astronauts to the Red Planet in the near future.
Breidenstein is likely to choose the first woman to set foot on Mars from the group of astronauts who now work within NASA.
In contrast, the US space agency has not yet announced the identity of the first woman to reach the moon, but, whatever her identity, it is scheduled to land on the moon in 2024.
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