NASA says the first person on Mars will likely be a woman

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  • RedShirtCalTech Pasedena, CA
    March 13, 2019 8:53 a.m.

    Why is NASA choosing an astronaut based on gender. Why are they not looking for the most qualified people to go on the mission. Diversity is great, but if there are problems I don't care about the gender or color of the person next to me I want to be sure that I have the best possible person to fix the problem.

  • RiDal Sandy, UT
    March 13, 2019 8:54 a.m.

    I would like the most skillful and best qualified astronaut to be first on Mars.
    I wouldn't care whether it were a man or a woman.

    The problem with all the Political-Correctness being enforced now is that, if it is a woman, the selection will be tainted by the suspicion that it was made for political reasons rather than by qualifications.
    See the problem ?

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    March 13, 2019 7:18 a.m.

    Could care less who is the first person on Mars. My only concern is it be a U.S. Astronaut. After that, who cares.

  • bass679 Novi, MI
    March 13, 2019 5:40 a.m.

    @darthmaul
    Root cause might be that Men tend to be going to school in scientific fields at ever decreasing rates relative to women. When I was in undergrad physics and chemistry were still mostly male students but geology and geophysics both had a notable skew towards more female students. I believe biology also now has more female graduates.

  • OneCougar FR, 00
    March 13, 2019 12:23 a.m.

    @DarthMaul, One scientific advantage of women on long space flights is that (on average) women are smaller, lighter, and eat less food than men, which adds up during a many-month journey to Mars. Slate and other sources reported a NASA HI-SEAS Mars surface exploration simulation in which the women rarely burned more than 2,000 calories in a day, but the men commonly burned more than 3,000. Sending women means less mass (bodies, food, and fuel) that has to be accelerated to Mars, decelerated there, then accelerated for the return voyage, and decelerated again to land at home. Smaller people who aren't man-spreading all the time probably also means a less-cramped ship during the trip. But I'm with you- even if there were no scientific reasons for a woman to be first on Mars, there isn't any reason why she shouldn't be, either.

  • DarthMaul Vernal, UT
    March 12, 2019 8:15 p.m.

    I'm not a sexist here and will always be happy to have a woman colleague repel and run with full gear alongside me but my curious mind is also wondering why. Is there a scientific reason why a woman for this particular future mission?

  • Bob67 Glenn Dale, MD
    March 12, 2019 6:32 p.m.

    Unstated in this article is the idea that long before any persons go to mars, robots need to go there first and build a habitat for the humans who follow.

    The energy budget for construction is a lot easier if there is no need to return the workers to earth.

    How many tourists want to go somewhere if they must stay in their vehicle when they arrive?

  • JLindow St. George, UT
    March 12, 2019 3:58 p.m.

    A Mars mission would require an optimistic, forward-looking country with leadership with the will and desire to accomplish great and difficult tasks.

    Unfortunately, I don't think that's us.

  • David Centerville, UT
    March 12, 2019 3:55 p.m.

    The USA has been the greatest nation for women and minorities. No other nation in recorded memory has offered so many opportunities. Having said that, the PC culture in the country has now made white males a target of discrimination. From this article I got the impression that rather than select the best, the brightest, the most prepared and highly trained and qualified person to walk in the moon again, or be the first to walk on Mars, NASA seemed determined to have a woman do those things. This is another example of PC culture potentially discriminating.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    March 12, 2019 3:50 p.m.

    So ever that goes, I'm sure that they would have to be trusted to keep the secret. The firmament is real an we all live in Truman's world.

  • The Great Helmsman Salt Lake City, UT
    March 12, 2019 1:59 p.m.

    All over ‘Merica I just heard white men’s heads exploding.