First Person on Mars likely to be a Woman

According to NASA, the first person to walk on Mars will most likely be a woman. Jim Bridenstein, a NASA administrator, told radio show Science Friday that not only will a woman be the first to walk on the red planet, but that the next person to go to the Moon will be a woman, making that trip a historical first.

In a statement, Birdenstein said the Moon mission will happen within the next decade with new technologies to explore the surface like never before. He added, “This time when we go to the Moon, we will stay. We will use what we learn as we move forward to the Moon to take the next giant leap, sending astronauts to Mars.” Birdenstein said NASA is committed to making sure that they have a broad and diverse set of talent.

Closing out Women’s History Month, March 29 will see it’s first all-female spacewalk. The seven-hour flight known as Expedition 59, will include astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch and will be led on the ground by flight directors Mary Lawrence and Kristen Facciol.

The Realist Woman’s take:

This is cool. I’m counting on NASA to keep its word and choose the qualified women for these missions. It’s history-making and important for girls and boys to see women where men would usually dominate. Outer space is big enough for both sexes to explore and I’m glad that it’s women who will be the faces of these amazing soon-to-come expeditions.