(CNN) — Forget everything you’ve learned about men and Mars.

Chances are the first person to land on the red planet will be a woman, the head of NASA said recently.

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.

The NASA administrator did not identify a specific person, but said women are at the forefront of the agency’s upcoming plans.

Bridenstine responded “absolutely” to a question from a Twitter user who asked whether women will be included in the agency’s next trip to the moon.

In fact, he said the next person on the moon is also likely to be a woman.

“These are great days,” he said.

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.

Both McClain and Koch were part of the 2013 astronaut class, half of which were women. They came from the second largest applicant pool NASA ever has received — more than 6,100. The most recent class of flight directors was also 50% women, NASA said.

NASA has come a long way since 1978, when the first six women joined NASA’s astronaut corps. Today, women comprise 34% of active NASA astronauts, according to the agency.

“NASA is committed to making sure we have a broad and diverse set of talent and we’re looking forward to the first woman on the moon,” Bridenstine said.

Happy National Women’s Month, indeed.

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Comments (4)
  1. Warren D. Gardner says:

    The proclaimed advancement of terrestrial travel into semi-deep space is nowhere near where NASA engineers want us to believe it is. They have no clue what awaits those human beings they send into the voids of space. The astronauts chosen will be hurtling through space, bound for their deaths toward, or onto the planet Mars. Collinizing a dead planet, it’ll be dead alright, dead with earthly bodies on it. Imagine a son or daughter looking up into the night sky of summer when the ‘red Planet’ can be seen in an easterly direction, and saying my Dad or my Grandpa is lying dead somewhere on that orangish looking point of light called Mars.

  2. Benjamin Renaud says:

    NASA will not decide who the next person on the moon or on Mars is. Elon Musk or the Chinese Space Agency is.

  3. Elena George says:

    Can we just make sure that person is qualified and not a PC-plant?

    LT Karen Hultgren, USN, lost her life on a carrier deck for the sake of being the first woman… Let’s not go there again.

  4. Andrew Wiseone says:

    Who cares what sex the first person to set foot on Mars is? It just needs to be the most qualified person. Saying anything else is stupid and sexist.

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