When NASA sent large numbers of people to the moon for the first time in more than half a century, a lucky astronaut would go down in history for being the first woman on the moon. Then it won't be long before we see the first woman on Mars, and she can defeat the first man there, according to NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine.
"We can really see the first person on Mars to be a woman," Bridenstine told reporters on Friday (October 18) during a press conference about the first space travel for women only. "I think it could be a milestone," he added.
NASA currently has no concrete plans to land humans on Mars – the Moon is the agency's first priority – but Bridenstine said that the first manned landing on Mars could occur around the 2030s. SpaceX, which lost spaceflight, is working on its SpaceX spacecraft, a rocket invaders from Mars, which can help NASA send the pioneering astronauts to the Red Planet.
"If my 11-year-old daughter succeeds, we will have a woman on Mars in the not too distant future," Bridenstine said, adding that anyone who ended up going to Mars might be too young to be selected to join NASA's Astronauts now . However, the person who will soon become the first woman on the moon will probably be chosen from the current active NASA astronaut group.
NASA has not yet announced who will be the first woman on the moon, but anyone who is scheduled to land in 2024. The moon landing mission is part of NASA's Artemis program, which is the forerunner of the agency to establish a permanent human presence in and around the moon – something that can help open the way to Mars.