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First person on Mars may be a woman, says NASA chief Jim Bridenstine

PTI
Published Mar 14, 2019, 6:17 am IST
Updated Mar 14, 2019, 6:18 am IST
While Bridenstine did not identify a specific person, he said that women are at the forefront of the US space agency’s upcoming plans.
Jim Bridenstine, head of the US aerospace agency NASA (Photo: AFP)
 Jim Bridenstine, head of the US aerospace agency NASA (Photo: AFP)

Washington: The first person to set foot on Mars is likely to be a woman, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine has said.

While Bridenstine did not identify a specific person, he said that women are at the forefront of the US space agency’s upcoming plans. Asked if a woman will go to the Moon for the first time, Bridenstine said “The answer is absolutely. In fact, it is likely to be a woman, the first next person on the Moon.”

 

“It is also true that the first person on Mars is likely to be a woman,” Bridenstine said during a recent interview on the science and technology radio talk show "Science Friday."  NASA recently announced that it will have its first all-female spacewalk at the end of the month.

 First all-female spacewalk on March 29

  • Two U.S. astronauts will make first all-female spacewalk if all goes to plan.
  • Anne McClain and Christina Koch would leave International Space Station for a spacewalk on March 29.
  • McClain had arrived at the space station on December 3.
  • We're getting suits ready, setting the procedures, and getting the team ready, McClain said.
  • Last year, their spacewalk was delayed as they waited for others to join in
  • mid-March.
  • NASA said  women are at the forefront of agency's upcoming plans.

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