Ahead of International Mother Earth Day, observed on 22 April, NASA's Chief Scientist, Dr. Katherine Calvin, shared her terrestrial and extraterrestrial insights into the origins of humanity. The question of who was the first person on Earth has intrigued scientists, theologians, and philosophers for centuries.
The oldest known skeleton of our species Homo sapiens is about 300,000 years old. However, Homo sapiens did not exist from the beginning. The emergence of the first human-like beings occurred through a process of evolution spanning millions of years.
On August 16, 1960, Joe Kittinger embarked on a historic balloon ride, but even his daring adventure does not hold the answer to our question. The first person on Earth existed long before any documented achievements or records.