But it's even weirder than that, the issue of discrimination seems even more pertinent to space travel than most things. Julie is convinced that the first woman on the moon should have been a real woman and that the whole female astronaut gender bias thing was sinisterly hushed up. Indeed this seems highly plausible. The horribly predictable arguments against women being first on the moon, indeed the absence of women altogether, sound hugely stupid when you consider the immensity of the undertaking and it's importance for human kind in general. I doubt the Soviets suffered such weaknesses. So in fact I figure that what would have been best would have been to leave Ms August 1969 up there as a non degradable paper relic in the space hedgerow, as space junk in the space dust, to lie there forever as an inadvertent memorial to our strange human prejudices, to be discovered by aliens with wonder.
The image to the left is Buzz Aldrin hanging out the lunar washing.