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The 1st man on Mars could be a woman, of NASA, says chief

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine says that the first astronaut to walk on Mars, might be able to be a woman. (Credit: NASA)

When NASA sends humans to the moon for the first time in more than a half-century, it is a happy astronaut that will go down in history as the first woman on the moon. Then it won’t be long before we get the first woman on Mars, and they will just be able to beat the first man, according to NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine.

“We could very well see that the first man on Mars will be a woman,” Bridenstine told reporters on Friday (Oct. 18) during a press conference at the first all-female space. “I think that’s very possible, and that is a milestone,” he added.

The us doesn’t currently have any specific plans for the landing of men on Mars, the moon, the agency in the first place, but, Bridenstine has been said that the first manned Mars landing is going to happen sometime in the 2030s. In the meantime, the private space flight company SpaceX is working on her space ship on Mars-invasion of the rocket, which will be able to help NASA send astronauts are pioneers to the Red Planet.

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“My 11-year-old daughter has her way, we’ll have to have a woman on Mars in the not-too-distant future,” Bridenstine said, adding that anyone who ends up going to Mars, it is likely to be too young to have already been selected for the NASA astronaut corps, if you will, at this point in time. However, the soon-to-be very first woman on the moon, it will most likely be chosen out of NASA’s current pool of active astronauts.

In the us, it is not yet known who will be the first woman on the moon, but whoever she may be, she is scheduled to be in the country in a bid for the 2024 games. That moon-landing mission, part of NASA’s Artemis program, the agency and the precursor to the establishment of a permanent human presence on the moon for something that can help you pave the way to Mars.

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The E-mail by Hanneke Weitering, on hweitering@space.com

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