NASA recently announced that it would be having its first all-female spacewalk at the end of the month, when Anne McClain and Christina Koch step into the unknown and write history.
Now the organisation says the first person to step foot on Mars is “likely to be” a woman.
The head of NASA, Jim Bridenstine was recently a guest on the science and technology radio show Science Friday when he made the comments.
Bridenstine did not specify a specific person but did say that women are at the forefront of the agency’s upcoming plans.
Responding to a question on Twitter, the NASA administrator also suggested that the next person on the moon is likely to be a woman.
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“These are great days,” he said.
NASA’s upcoming all-female spacewalk will last about seven hours. Both McClain and Koch were part of the 2013 astronaut class, half of which were women.
They came from the second largest applicant pool NASA has ever received – more than 6,100.
Today women make up 34% of active NASA astronauts. “NASA is committed to making sure we have a broad and diverse set of talent and we’re looking forward to the first woman on the moon,” Bridenstine said.