Published: Wed, March 13, 2019
Research | By Raquel Erickson

First person on Mars likely to be a woman

First person on Mars likely to be a woman

The proposal also allots $363 million to purchase commercial flights for cargo to the moon even sooner, a new addition to NASA's budget.

'This time, when we go to the Moon, we will stay.

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. "So these are great days".

The surface water identified in sparse populations of molecules bound to the lunar soil, or regolith. This water is more common at higher latitudes and tends to hop around as the surface heats up.

Here's how these water molecules work: They remain bound to the regolith until lunar noon when the moon's surface temperatures tend to peak. Then, they thermally desorb and can bounce to a nearby location that is cold enough for the molecule to stick or populate the Moon's exosphere, until temperatures drop and the molecules return to the surface.


Up until the last decade, planetary scientists thought the Moon was arid, with any water existing mainly as pockets of ice in permanently shaded craters near the lunar poles.

When NASA's Apollo missions sent mankind to the Moon things were a lot different for women in NASA and, put simply, the agency was overwhelmingly male.

Researchers have hypothesized that hydrogen ions in the solar wind may be the source of most of the Moon's surface water. Lunar water would also be useful for humans especially in thermal management or radiation shielding.

Bridenstine teased that the first person to step foot on the big red rock was "likely to be" a woman but didn't name names. Thanks to NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), the discovery of the "hopping" liquid can pave the way for more lunar explorations. If all goes well in the succeeding tests, Musk could be sending more people in space in the near future. Nasa recently announced that it will 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.

Jim Bridenstine was a guest on the science and technology radio show "Science Friday", when he teased that a woman is "likely to be" the first person on Mars.

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