In 59 years, NASA has flown more than 50 women into space. That might seem like a reasonable number, but when you consider the space agency has flown hundreds of men over the same time period, it's a tad unsettling. If we ever want to actually colonise a planet like Mars, we're going to have bring hundreds of women, or thousands.
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As journalists, it's our obligation — nay, our duty — to ask the hard questions. So when presented with the opportunity to ask a living former astronaut and American hero Mike Massimino about his two trips to the final frontier to fix the Hubble Space Telescope, without any real impetus or news peg, we knew what to do. We bombarded him with the dumbest questions we could think of.
Although it sounds like The Hunger Games in space, Germany's "Die Astronautin" competition - which means "the astronaut" - seeks to put the first German woman into space. In March 2016, 400 women entered the competition, and yesterday, aerospace recruitment agency HE Space announced it had selected its final six candidates. If the private mission succeeds in securing funding, one of these badass ladies will head up to the International Space Station (ISS) for 10 days in 2020.
Shane Kimbrough is an American hero. Not only is he risking his life breathing recycled air and eating tasteless, shrink-wrapped meals in a radiation-blasted tin can 400km above Earth, the man just took time out of his busy schedule to participate in the grotesque bloodsport that is the 2016 US presidential election.
Video: Join us as the crew of the ISS tells us what they think of NASA's plan to ignite a big fire in space, share what's on their space bucket lists, choose the best space snack and demonstrate some synchronised space gymnastics.
We're all looking forward to interstellar travel and colonising Mars, but first we've got a lot to learn about how the human body responds to the cold dark void of outer space. Scott Kelly's stint on the ISS, which ends tomorrow, is helping us answer some critical questions — including what weightlessness does to our vision, and whether all that extra radiation messes up our DNA.