How important is it that NASA put someone on the Moon who isn't white or a male ?
- ElanaLv 74 weeks agoBest Answer
For humanity and the future? Not at all. Yeah, the more variety we put up there, the faster we will know what kinds of problems we'll have with colonization, etc, just as it isn't important that the first person (first several people) were men, it won't be important in the scheme of things, that the first person on Mars, say, is female, or hispanic etc.
What's important is that we send variety and we take care to make sure we send the best people to make sure the missions have the best chance of success.
However, your question might be rephrased slightly to be "How important is it TO NASA that NASA put someone..."
Unfortunately, too important. It is seen as too much of an old boys club even though last seen it was taking care to accept as many women as astronauts as men. Never-the-less, NASA must be funded, and perceptions overrule reality.
Frankly, if the difference between actually getting funding for a mission and not getting that funding is whether or not a slightly less qualified women is sent over a slightly more qualified man, I don't care, as long as the mission happens.
If the difference seriously endangers the mission, obviously, I care a great deal.
But we now have enough track record with men and women in space to know that there really isn't that much variation in skills with the top level people. It's not going to matter that much - and if it gets the funding, so be it.
Remember: NASA does not always use the best for its operations. As many astronauts have commented, "here we sit on top of a nuclear bomb's worth of explosion built by the lowest bidder".
And guess what: It may well end up being that the absolutely most qualified person for the job turns out to be an hispanic jewish lesbian woman. No, I don't want to hold up the rocket waiting for her.
- U WishLv 54 weeks ago
Not important at all. It's more important that the astronauts who arrive at the moon surface are QUALIFIED, and are experts in their field.
- 4 weeks ago
To quote the first woman in space, Valentina Tereshkova, when she was asked why she advocates increasing space budgets even for countries that are RIVALS to her own, "ALL of us must go."
Anybody who's a trusted advisor to both the private Russian space corporation NPO Energia AND the government space agency ROSCOSMOS, who's acknowledged as a political force to be reckoned with by both anti-Putin opposition politicians AND Putin himself, who when she was in the Russian Duma still got reelected by huge margins THREE times even though her political party had only a 7% approval rating, MUST be taken seriously.
NASA? Not so much. THEY haven't been able to get it up for YEARS.Source(s): RIP Alexei Leonov -1934-2019 "Alexei, we will not forget you!"-- U.S. astronaut Thomas Stafford at Leonov's funeral. He will STILL be a hero when Trump, the Clintons, and Putin are all LONG forgotten
- Anonymous4 weeks ago
What's the point of going to the moon at all?
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- WaldoBCLv 64 weeks ago
The sex, race, gender identity, baldness, IQ, number of teeth, left-handed or right-handed, the color of hair, height, & ability to cook rice is of no importance at all.
- Anonymous4 weeks ago
In the near future? Not at all. Long-term, if you want to establish a permanent moon colony, you would need to know the effects of lunar gravity on the female body, and have women there to reproduce. There's no specific need to send anyone of a different race, but for a minimum viable population, you are going to need a fairly large pool of applicants, at least some of whom will not be white.
- 4 weeks ago
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