NASA boss says first person on Mars will 'absolutely' be female

Mindy Sparks
Марта 13, 2019

The most recent class of flight directors was also 50 per cent women, NASA said. The astronauts who picked up these rocks on the moon's surface didn't know them to be any more special than the hundreds of pounds of other rocks they collected.

Scientists explained how Lyman Alpha Mapping Project (LAMP) measurements of the layer of molecules temporarily stuck to the surface helped determine the moon's lunar hydration changes.

"These are great days", he said and expects the next person to step foot on the moon to most likely be a woman. This water is more common at higher latitudes and tends to hop around as the surface heats up.

Then, molecules thermally desorb and can bounce to a nearby location that is cold enough for the molecule to stick or populate the Moon's extremely tenuous atmosphere or exosphere, until temperatures drop and the molecules return to the surface.

According to Amanda Hendrix, a Planetary Science Institute senior scientist and lead author of the new paper, the existence of lunar water will be critical for future missions because this could cut the costs needed to launch a mission given that they would no longer need to carry or export such resource from Earth.

'We will use what we learn as we move forward to the Moon to take the next giant leap - sending astronauts to Mars'.

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Scientists noted that the Moon's surface water could come from hydrogen ions in the solar wind.

'Lunar water can potentially be used by humans to make fuel or to use for radiation shielding or thermal management; if these materials do not need to be launched from Earth, that makes these future missions more affordable'.

In fact, he said the next person on the moon is also likely to be a woman.

NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine stopped by "Science Friday", a science and tech radio show, where he revealed the agency's plans to put a woman on Mars, CNN reports.

NASA will also have its first all-female spacewalk at the end of the month, when astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch will get to float around in space. Pictured: The moon during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 Second Leg match between FC Internazionale and SK Rapid Wien at San Siro on February 21, 2019 in Milan, Italy.

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