By NATALIA HAWK
You probably don’t give a shit about astronauts. And to be honest – I can’t really blame you.
You’re probably too busy with your everyday life to worry about NASA and things like missions to Mars and what the International Space Station is planning.
Because when you have three children/uni assignments/work deadlines/sick parents/a grumpy partner to contend with, outer space understandably might take a backburner on the list of Things To Care About.
But you need to care about astronauts.
More specifically – you need to care about what NASA just did, because it’s pretty amazing.
You see, last month, NASA announced their 2013 astronaut candidate class. This class is made up of eight people who will join the 49 NASA astronauts that already exist and are working on rather impressive things like missions to asteroids and planets.
Four of those people are women.
Their names are Christina Hammock, Nicole Mann, Anne McClain and Jessica Meir.
NASA didn’t select these women because they had some kind of gender quota to fill. They simply did it because they were the best people for the job. And out of all astronaut candidate classes, that’s the highest percentage of women ever selected in a NASA group.
That might not sound so significant until you consider that…
1) 534 people have travelled to space so far – and only 57 of them have been women.