Men may be from Mars, but a woman may just be the first person on the red planet. The head of NASA was being interviewed last week when he said most likely a female would be the first person to step foot on Mars.
Jim Bridenstine was a guest on the “Science Friday” radio show where he discussed a number of topics, including the inclusion of more women on space missions. In response to a twitter question, regarding a female going to the moon, Bridenstine responded, “absolutely,” even adding that the next person on the moon will most likely be a woman.
Not only did Jim Bridenstine discuss the likelihood that a woman is the first on Mars, along with the next on the moon, he also discussed the upcoming all-female spacewalk, the first in NASA history. While he did not specify which female astronaut would be the one to go to Mars, the NASA head seemed confident a female would be first on the red planet.
Both men and women turned to social media to voice their excitement for a woman most likely being the first person to go to Mars. According to Bridenstine, “NASA is committed to making sure we have a broad and diverse set of talent.” With March being National Women’s Month, the news couldn’t have come at a better time.