One Small Step For a Lady
This year we got to see an all-woman crew mosey out for a spacewalk.
NASA also announced that it would put its first woman on the moon by the year 2026 with the Artemis Program. And while the Whalebone Aeronautics Research Dept. team sat back and watched the spacewalk mission from the comfort of the 6th-floor anti-gravity chamber,* we kicked around the topic of what ladies we would love to see launched into space. Not like that. Here is what we came up with for a few of our favorite ladies who might be good candidates to show Neil Armstrong how it’s done.
*Reminder to staff to please stop using water guns in the antigravity chamber.
Here are our picks for who might make a proper lunar ambassador
Sylvia Earle has explored the outer reaches, just going in the opposite direction. She was named by Time Magazine as their first Hero for the Planet in 1998. Being the planet champion that she is, we thought she might like to see it from the outside and take a gander at all of the big blue she has studied and worked to conserve from afar. We’re wondering if the bottom of the ocean and space might be a lot more similar than we think, we think Syl could definitely figure it out for us.
Who better than Amal to be our diplomatic representative in space? Her work on Earth is so important, imagine how she would do representing our entire race to the rest of the universe? She’d kick ass at it. Obviously. She has worked for/represented quite a few nations, and she is extremely well respected in her field. An obvious ambassador to the stars. Think there might be some kinda famous actor dude in her shadow, too.
Tiera Guinn Fletcher
Alright, this is a no brainer. Tiera graduated from MIT with an engineering degree and a perfect 5.0. And was a bonafide rocket scientist by age 22. She currently works for Boeing and is a designer of the Space Launch System for NASA. Aka she’s going to be instrumental in sending people to Mars. She clearly deserves a spot on that shuttle. The rocket scientist is always the MVP of space movies.
First concert on the moon. How do you beat that? She’s the larger-than-life superstar that everyone would be happy to have moon-beamed into their households. And you know there would be a DOPE moon costume to go with the venue. Why space food great till it gotta be great? Or something like that.
The Smart Money
ACTUAL ASTRONAUTS WITH THE RIGHT STUFF
With an impressive resume, Meir is not only a NASA astronaut but also a marine biologist, a physiologist and was once the Assistant Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard. She joined Koch on October 18th, 2019 for the first all-female spacewalk.
Christina H. Koch
At the time of writing this article, Koch is currently in space and is expected to set the record for the longest spaceflight by a woman (328 days in space). She has a Masters in Science and Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State and completed astronaut training in July 2015.