For the first time in the history of space travel, Russia has sent an all female crew, consisting of 6 scientists, into a mock-up International Space Station, for a possible trip to the moon. This experiment seeks to understand if an all female crew communicates and responds differently from an all-male or a mixed crew. They will be assessed on a series of 30 tests, that would test their psychology and physiology.
First of all, put in a professional environment, all men and women react alike. So the whole idea of this 'simulated' exercise is just plain wrong. When it's work, we mean business.
Space has predominantly been the male action area, with only 59 women in total to have been sent to space ever, as opposed to the alphabetical list that men have. The crew supervisor, Sergei Ponomaryov, stated this divide with an apt statement:
“There’s never been an all-female crew on the ISS. We consider the future of space belongs equally to men and women and unfortunately we need to catch up a bit after a period when there haven’t been too many women in space.”
But what shocked us most was a crude and an evident sexist remark by the director of the institute conducting the experiment.
He said, "T hey say that in one kitchen, two housewives find it hard to live together ". Really now?
Even if he was using a metaphor, we're sure there are plenty of other intelligent and gender neutral metaphors he could have used.
To top it all, a reporter asked how they will survive without make-up and men? Certainly a stupid question, but the ladies did grace it with a bang on reply:
“We are doing work. When you’re doing your work, you don’t think about men and women" .
And for the make-up question, Darya Komissarova, another crew member, had the perfect response:
"We are very beautiful without makeup.” Hell yeah!