This is a giant leap for humanity. There is complete gender parity in National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) current class of astronauts of eight people. And NASA has declared that they may send them to mars in the project scheduled for the 2020s. The four women in class of Astronauts 2013 are Nicole Aunapu Mann, Anne McClain, Jessica Meir and Christina Hammock Koch.

We have come a long way since stepping on the moon for the first time. And now the journey to the Mars is going to be next level. But for women this another extreme that no one could have guessed a decade back. Mars is about 35 million miles away from our planet and it will take anywhere from six to nine months for humans to reach there on a space ship. It is one planet that has always been under much speculation and now with the chances of discovery of water on Mars, it has become indispensible to neglect the planet.

“Evidence of water—not just ice, but actual flowing water—has surfaced, and water is often considered a sign of possible life. Mars can teach us so much about the past, present, and future of our own planet. That’s a phenomenal thing,” tells Meir to Glamour.

NASA has not allocated spaceflights to anyone yet, but some of them will definitely be on board when it starts its operations.

Many other countries are thinking of sending robots on the planet for research purposes, but only America is sending humans. NASA has collaborated with private companies like SpaceX which is funding NASA with its mission of sending humans onto the planet.

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Among the women, three are married and two have children with them. Leaving all of it would be difficult for everyone, but this mission will bear a success that will not only be a success for mankind or womanhood, but for human beings. “If we go to Mars, we’ll be representing our entire species in a place we’ve never been before. To me it’s the highest thing a human being can achieve,” McClain told Glamour.

In 1960s, it was only a vague thought that it if women could go to space. At that time “Mercury 13” were pass over and that was just the beginning. Then in 2005, Russians space medicine official announced that women were too weak for such operations, according to Geekwire . Well, since then we have come a long way in terms of women playing pivotal roles in space operations.

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