NASA picks 12 new astronauts from crush of applicants

Lauren Perry
June 8, 2017

The new NASA astronaut candidates' announcement will be telecast live through NASA TV at 2 p.m. EDT on June 7.

That figure was more than double the previous record of 8,000 set in 1978, NASA said.

The 12 selected Wednesday will join 44 astronauts already in the NASA corps.

Re-starting the council will better coordinate the country's space endeavours, Pence said.

He graduated from Miami Sunset Senior High School and earned a bachelor's degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

After completing the two year program, the astronauts will be assigned to one of four different spacecrafts, including the International Space Station, NASA's Orion Spacecraft, or one of two commercial crew spacecrafts now in development. Their ultimate destination could be Mars.

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Additionally, Pence noted that NASA would continue to have the resources it needs to "make history" - even though the president's budget request cuts funding and cancels certain programs at the agency.

SpaceX and Boeing are building capsules capable of carrying astronauts to the space station and back as soon as next year. She spins around in microgravity and says, "This is the most, I can guarantee, the most unique environment that you will ever work in".

As a submarine warfare officer, Barron was a member of the first class of women commissioned into the submarine community.

But unlike a typical short-duration shuttle mission, the new astronauts can expect long stays in space, either aboard the station or on deep space voyages, whenever they get a chance to fly. The official requirements are United States citizenship, a bachelor's degree from a science, technology, engineering or math institution, and a minimum of 1,000 hours piloting jet aircraft.

"There are a lot of people that apply because they want the rejection letter", Anne Roemer, NASA's astronaut selection manager, tells Newsweek.

Meanwhile, SpaceX is also seeking other government contracts, including an agreement with the US Air Force announced on Wednesday to launch the fifth X-37B space plane mission in August, Reuters reports. Hailing from Anchorage, Alaska, Kulin completed a Master's degree in materials science and a doctorate in engineering at the University of California, San Diego.

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