Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Sci-tech | By April Francis

First person on Mars 'likely to be a woman'

First person on Mars 'likely to be a woman'

Nasa administrator - Jim Bridenstine - was a guest on a USA science and technology radio show Science Friday, when he made the comment. "In fact, it is likely to be a woman, the first next person on the Moon".

Bridenstine did not specify if the space agency had a particular woman in mind.

His comments come ahead of the first all female spacewalk scheduled to take place at the end of the month.

Anne McCain and Christina Koch will jet off to the International Space Station (ISS) in two days.

Bridenstine said that NASA planners determined last week that the preparations for EM-1 wouldn't make the previously anticipated June 2020 launch date.

Bridenstine went out of his way to say NASA was not abandoning the rocket, praising it as "the largest rocket that's ever been built in American history" and saying it remains "a critical capability" for the US space program. And we're looking forward to the first woman on the moon. Jackie Kagey will be the lead spacewalk flight controller.

NASA's Stephanie Schierholz told Space.com: 'It really is the luck of the draw.

Women now comprise 34% of active NASA astronauts, the agency confirmed.

Happy National Women's Month, indeed.

All eyes have been on the partnership between SpaceX and NASA in recent weeks, with the successful launch, docking, and splashdown of the Crew Dragon spacecraft heightening the anticipation of NASA having its own crew-capable launch system ready for manned flight testing. "At $21 billion, this budget represents a almost 6 percent increase over last year's request and comes at a time of constrained resources across the federal government.

These samples were deliberately saved so we can take advantage of today's more advanced and sophisticated technology to answer questions we didn't know we needed to ask", Lori Glaze, acting director of NASA's Planetary Science Division, said in a statement. "I'm talking human-rated landers, compatible with Gateway, that can go back and forth to the surface of the moon".

Forget everything you've learned about men and Mars. New Budget Defers Funding of New Space Launch System One of the casualties of the 2020 budget is the development of an upgraded SLS known as Block 1B version. Such a scenario could mean that the SLS' first true liftoff to space would have astronauts aboard, with no preliminary uncrewed launch.

Construction on Gateway - an orbiting lunar outpost - is expected to begin construction as soon as 2022.

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