What about a transgender? Or a hermaphrodite?
intersexed. hermaphrodite is both a scientifically and politically incorrect term.
What about a gender-less robot that has been given civil rights and is as least intelligent as humans? I'd have to admit this one is a bit of a stretch considering we'll probably send manned missions to Mars way before we're capable of creating artificial beings.
You could throw out a robot of any kind you want, but people will simply not count it. The first person after the robot will be where they start counting. Might as well call the robot Zero for all the matter. Humans note human achievment. It's why most people don't know or care about dogs and chimps sent into space, but the first human in space was a an achievement.
Will it be more of a poignant message to send back to Earth that a human being landed on Mars, keeping the particulars about the person in secret for some length of time? I doubt it would work because stepping foot on Mars as the first human being to do so will be broadcast to literally everyone on Earth.
the idea of an anonymous first person on mars would be an interesting way to go but functionally achieving it would be next to impossible. and even if you got a crew of 8 people who all agreed to none of them owning the claim, the great detectives of earths internet would build elaborate 'fake moon landing' conspiracy theories and analyse the hell out of every ounce of data until eventually somebody could find the clue that blew the truth wide open. Then it's all a bigger deal than if you'd just let Keisha go first.
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