Who cares what happens to bootprints on the Moon? All humans should. And thankfully the US Congress and president agree.
From solar sail-powered spacecraft, to laser communications, to asteroid detection systems, there is no shortage of Australian ideas and expertise to help NASA explore the Moon and Mars.
The new era of space exploration is characterized by an emphasis on diversity and international cooperation. But there's a lot of work to do before there's gender equality in STEM fields and at NASA.
NASA has made significant steps in making explicit appeals to women to support space exploration, but it might not be doing enough to gather needed political support.