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One small step for man, one giant leap for womankind

by Siomara Germain - Copy Editor
Mon, Mar 6th 2017 09:15 pm
Photo taken from Enkyklios on Twitter

SpaceX, a privately funded space exploration company, is sending two people to the moon in 2018 but their genders have yet to be identified. Rumors are circulating that one explorer will be a woman, the first ever to walk on the moon.
Photo taken from Enkyklios on Twitter SpaceX, a privately funded space exploration company, is sending two people to the moon in 2018 but their genders have yet to be identified. Rumors are circulating that one explorer will be a woman, the first ever to walk on the moon.

 It's evident that in our country's history men have been the first to do everything and receive credit for it. Women always seem to be the last ones to have the opportunity to take strides in making history.

This country has yet to see a woman lead it. It has always been a man; men had the opportunity to vote before women ever could, a man flew the first plane before a woman was able to and a man was the first human to step foot on the moon. 

It has been more than 45 years since Neil Armstrong made history and became the first man to step foot on the moon and there has been a lot of advancement in space travel since his journey. However, women still have not step foot on our celestial neighbor. 

According to the history.nasa.gov section "Women in Space General Facts", the first woman from the United States to go to space was Sally Ride when she served as a mission specialist. 

 "She was the third woman in space overall after Valentina Tereshkova and Svetlana Savitskaya," the website states.

Again, women still have yet to step foot on the moon although they have gone to space. When NASA was sending men to the moon, they did not consider women because they did not believe women were capable of handling the trip, even though women like Jerry Cobb and Jackie Cockeran were just as fit and prepared as some of the men they chose for the mission.

According to the article on The Atlantic titled "Will Elon Musk Send the First Woman to the Moon?" by Marina Koren, "Only 24 people, all Americans, have flown to the moon, and 12 of them have walked on its surface. They had one important thing in common: they were all men."

Next year, the first moon mission in decades is set to take place.

According to the Scientific American article "Could SpaceX Get People to the Moon in 2018?" by Mike Wall, "On Monday (Feb. 27), SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk announced that the company plans to launch two paying customers on a weeklong trip around the moon before the end of 2018."

SpaceX refuses to reveal the two passengers' gender, so a lot of people are speculating that one of them might be a woman. 

"If even one of those mystery passengers is a woman, SpaceX would be making history," Koren wrote in her article. 

This would be a huge step for women. Year-after-year of sexism, the evolution of space travel and qualified women waiting for their chance, they may finally be able to set foot on the dusty surface of the moon. 

SpaceX has contributed a lot to the advancement of space travel; they have done things people would not have thought to do when the first spacecraft launched and continue to break barriers. 

Wall stated, in the Scientific American article, that "In 2010, for example, SpaceX became the first private entity to launch a spacecraft (a robotic Dragon cargo capsule) to Earth orbit and bring it back to the ground in one piece. (The company has since done this many times with the cargo Dragon, which regularly visits the ISS on uncrewed resupply runs for NASA.)"

Putting a woman on the moon would give them another milestone to add to their list. This is something that has been long overdue and women deserve this. Let's break the glass ceiling in space.


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