"These are great days."
The first human to set foot on Mars will most likely be a woman, according to NASA boss Jim Bridenstine, who said as much during a recent discussion on the Science Friday radio show.
Speaking on the agency's future plans, Bridenstine said the first human being to step foot on the Red Planet is indeed "likely to be" female.
Furthermore, in response to a listener's Twitter question, Bridenstine said the same will probably be true for a new moon mission. "These are great days," he said to CNN.
As broken down by Rolling Stone earlier this year, half of this year's core Mars InSight EDL (entry, descent, landing) team were women.
When viewed in connection with the fact that just 15% (though an increase from 5% in 2000) of NASA's planetary missions were comprised of women, the hopefully progressive pace of the agency's future becomes even clearer.
All told, NASA's most recent statistics circa 2018 show that 34% of all currently active astronauts are female.
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. The spacewalk will last about seven hours, according to the NASA website.
Happy International Women's Month, indeed.