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

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

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

'This time, when we go to the Moon, we will stay. Scientists discovered ice present near its poles and more recently we've learned that liquid water does indeed exist within the lunar surface material, called regolith. The amount and locations vary based on the time of day.

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.

Water molecules remain tightly bound to the regolith until surface temperatures peak near lunar noon. They would go from one place to another, searching for the next cold spot that would allow them to stick to the Moon's weak atmosphere.

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. It's data like this that could be particularly useful when planning future missions and potentially even permanent settlements on the moon.

An orbiting NASA spacecraft has watched water moving on the surface of the moon - although don't expect rain showers and rivers down there.

NASA has selected nine teams to study untouched moon samples brought back to Earth by the Apollo 15, 16 and 17 missions, which have been locked away in storage for the past 50 years.

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.

Expedition 59 - scheduled for March 29 - includes astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch, aided on the ground by flight directors Mary Lawrence and Kristen Facciol at NASA's Mission Control at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

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 found "hopping" liquid" on the moon recently.