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The benefits of all-female space crews
Amber Thomas
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Saw this article about the advantages of all-female space crews and thought I would share here.
 

"Since women generally eat and drink less than men—and often weigh less and therefore consume less oxygen—it’s a possibility that the first crew to set foot in the red dust could be all-female. Weight is the enemy for rocket launches and proposed long space journeys, with resources, equipment, and crew needs constantly balanced against the physics of fuel supply. Any Mars-bound ship would need plenty of fuel, even for a one-way journey—and every pound of food is a pound of fuel not onboard.

NASA Scientist Geoffrey Landis, an expert on power sources and propulsion, laid out his case for a female Mars crew in a research paper available in a Harvard archive. He writes: “On the average, women have lower mass and take less volume than males, and use proportionately less consumables.”

But it’s not only physical attributes that make women a better choice for Mars missions. Landis proposes they could get along better locked up for months in a confined space en route to a new planet. “In addition,” Landis writes, “sociological research indicates that a female crew may have a preferable interpersonal dynamic, and be likely to choose non-confrontational approaches to solve interpersonal problems.”

Read the full article here: 

Simulated Mars Mission Shows Benefits of All-Female Crew (marieclaire.com)

 and share your thoughts below. Would you rather join a single-sex crew or a mixed-sex team?

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