By Christina Janes

The date was July 21, 1969.

The Apollo 11 space flight took the first humans to the moon, with Neil Armstrong being the first to step on the lunar surface.

In grainy black and white video images that somehow, in a miraculous feat of technology, beamed to earth Armstrong stepping off the lunar module and apparently stumbling over his carefully predetermined words but inferred by Americans as brilliant and poignant prose – “…one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind…”

Now, 45 years later, two local women are on the short list to go where no man – or woman – has gone before.

And if they’re chosen, they’re not coming back.

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