All-Female Space Test Brings Out Russian Media's Sexist Side
A group of six women is spending the next several days inside a "mock spaceship" to see if they're up to the task of guiding the next moon mission.By Katie Link | October 29, 2015
A group of six Russian women is spending the next several days locked inside a stationary spaceship. And it's bringing out Russian media's ... let's call them "quirks."
The experiment, carried out by Moscow's Institute of Biomedical Problems, is meant to gauge how women would do on a proposed mission to the moon in 2029. They'll complete various scientific experiments and measure how well they work together. (Video via Russian Federal Space Agency)
Russia's first female cosmonaut hit the skies back in 1963. Since then only four Russian women have had the chance to explore space. So you could think of the new experiment as a first step toward leveling the playing field.