Since the first human to set foot there in 1969, a woman has not taken one small step on the Moon, and now, fifty years later, we may be getting our time to shine.
In an online statement, NASA mentioned in particular the sample taken from beneath the lunar regolith during Apollo mission 17, which could help scientists "study the rock layers exactly as they existed on the Moon".
"It is also true that the first person on Mars is likely to be a woman", he said.
Bridenstein's announcement follows another major update for women in space: Later this month, NASA is conducting the first all-female spacewalk. That's why it's "a critical piece of what NASA needs to build", Bridenstine told the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.
The agency also said that both the female astronauts were part of the 2013 astronaut class and a lot of them were women.
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He replied: 'Absolutely. These are great days.' Bridenstine added: 'The first person on Mars is likely to be a woman. Women will also head Mission Control with lead flight director Mary Lawrence overseeing the crew and Jackie Kagey serving as lead spacewalk officer. 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'.
Women first joined NASA in 1978, and now comprise 34 percent of active astronauts at the space agency.
Happy National Women's Month, indeed. "We are now understanding better how hard this project is and that it is going to take some additional time". The teams chosen include NASA Ames Research Center/Bay Area Environmental Research Institute, NASA Ames, NASA's Goddard Spaceflight Center, NASA Goddard, University of Arizona, University of California Berkeley, US Naval Research Laboratory, University of New Mexico, and Mount Holyoke College/Planetary Science Institute.
The plan, which has been in development over the last few years, relies on the developing Space Launch System and Orion spacecraft, along with the Gateway orbital platform.
The unnamed heavy lift rocket would launch Orion into orbit for Exploration Mission-1, an uncrewed three-week flight to test Orion's deep space capabilities. The space agency's Lunar Discovery and Exploration Program has awarded a total of $8 million to nine teams selected by its Planetary Science division, who will use these samples to study aspects of the moon's geology up close.