NASA Boss Says First Person on Mars Will 'Likely Be a Woman'

Nasa administrator Jim Bridenstine said

Nasa administrator Jim Bridenstine said"the first person on Mars is likely to be a woman

Also, the lunar water can be used for future moon mission for making fuel or even using it as a shield from solar radiation.

No rocket in existence today is capable of lifting both elements together, due to their weight, which is why NASA had said it needed the more powerful SLS.

The agency also said that both the female astronauts were part of the 2013 astronaut class and majority were women.

The announcement was a blow for Boeing, one of the prime contractors on the SLS rocket, as it was facing serious repercussions in the wake of the crashes involving its 737 Max 8 airplane.

A test expected to take place in June will put the Orion crew capsule's safety measures through their paces.

Anne Mc Clain will make history as part of the first all-female spacewalk on the International Space Station at the end of March
NASAAnne Mc Clain will make history as part of the first all-female spacewalk on the International Space Station at the end of March

To meet the 2020 timeline, Bridenstine said, the agency was looking at changing the mission profile.

Bridenstine went on to share NASA's plans for the future in a statement on NASA's website explaining how, with newly innovated technology, we could start to see a more diverse group of astronauts traveling to space in the future.

A capsule for astronauts, Orion, is being built by Lockheed-Martin and Europe for the missions. Instead of launching Orion on a trajectory straight to the moon, it would look at the possibility of flying it to orbit around the Earth. He also said the United States will have astronauts on the moon again in less than 10 years and this time, he says, 'we will stay'. "While I agree that the delay in the SLS launch schedule is unacceptable", Shelby said, "I firmly believe that SLS should launch the Orion".

He did not specify which private company he had in mind, but SpaceX - founded by billionaire Elon Musk - would be a natural candidate with its Falcon Heavy rocket.

Koch and McClain's spacewalk will mark only the fourth time in history that two women have served together on an expedition crew to the station. Coupled with decisions revealed yesterday in NASA's FY2020 budget request to delay planned SLS upgrades, however, some see this as a further indication that commercial rockets can do the job that SLS is created to do, but faster and at less cost. "Kennedy's budget also includes investments in technology; Low Earth Orbit and spaceflight operations; science; safety, security and mission services; and construction and environmental restoration programs and projects", Cabana said. The FY2020 NASA budget request delays development of upgraded capabilities for SLS so the program can focus on the initial version.

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