HOUSTON – The world watched as astronaut Neil Armstrong stepped off the landing pod for the first time. Placing one foot firmly on the surface of the moon as he uttered those historic words, “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
And one day, sooner than you think, the world will watch as a female astronaut and her crew blast mankind into the next frontier, a deep space mission to Mars by the year 2030.
Jessica Meir, aka “Goose” and Anne McClain, aka “Animal.” Not only do they have the chance to make the historic mission to Mars. They’ve also made history in a different way. Along with two other female astronauts, half of the 2013 class are women and that’s the best showing in NASA’s 58-year existence.
We meet two of NASA’s eight-person 2013 astronaut class all vying for a front row seat to get up close and personal with the red planet, in today’s Inside Story from the pages of Houstonia.