Russia tests team of Women Astronauts for Mission to the Moon
Russia was the first country that sent a woman into space, but after that historic achievement, space efforts of the country are dominated by men. Roscosmos wants to change this with the mission to the moon where astronauts are all women. Six ladies who are selected for the mission in 2029, started one of many tests in the preparations. The experiment will last eight days and will simulate the conditions of the true mission – the astronauts will conduct scientific experiments and will have several free hours of entertainment every day.
The experiment will be monitored and its main purpose is to assess how women can work together in a stressful environment. All have scientific expertise in various areas and are enthusiastic about the upcoming mission. At a press conference held for the project, they were met with a number of shallow and sexist questions, as unfortunately often happens with women astronauts. One of the journalists asked the ladies what they will do a week without makeup, and another wondered how they would endure so long without men. The most shocking comment came from Igor Ushakov, Director of the Institute for Biomedical Problems, which will monitor the experiment. He said that “Is difficult two hosts to live in one kitchen.”