The Application, Selection Process For How To Become An Astronaut — NASA Jobs

They range in age from 29 to 42, and they typically have led the pack.

NASA's newest class of astronauts was introduced to the world today, and Vice President Mike Pence was on hand to wish the new astronauts well.

One of the candidates, 34-year-old Loral O'Hara, hails from Sugar Land. Pence actually confirmed in March that Trump meant to relaunch the council and apparently there is already an executive order drafted to create the group, Space News reported.

More information on Barron and the NASA program can be found here. Only a handful of NASA astronauts can expect to fly in any given year.

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He went on to argue the NSC "will ensure that America never again loses our lead in space exploration, innovation, and technology".

"President Trump ... recognizes that America needs a coherent and cohesive approach to the last and greatest frontier", Pence said.

The newly announced candidates were chosen from more than 18,300 applicants who had submitted applications from December 2015 to February 2016.




Many children dream of one day strapping on an astronaut suit, buckling in to a rocket ship and counting down until the spacecraft launches into outer space.

The seven men and five women selected Wednesday will join 44 astronauts already in the NASA corps. The core skills that make for good astronauts haven't changed much over the years, Roemer says.

She will report to the Johnson Space Center in Houston to begin two years of training in August. Their ultimate destination could be Mars. And Robb Kulin, once an ice driller in Antarctica, will give up his work as an engineer at SpaceX.

"One of these folks behind me could be the one to take that next iconic leap", Lightfoot said. "It doesn't usually happen right away", Dean said, noting the class of 2013 is just starting to get its assignments now. The acceptance rate for astronauts is always miniscule, but for the 2017 class it will be especially so, coming out to somewhere between 0.04 and 0.08 percent. This is the largest group NASA has selected in nearly two decades. "But the view. Oh, the view".

Jessica Watkins has a doctorate in geology from UCLA and worked on the Mars Science Laboratory rover. She gave a thumbs-up. Photo Credit: Mark Garcia/NASA Chari, of Cedar Falls, Iowa, graduated from the Air Force Academy with degrees in astronautical engineering and engineering science. Her undergraduate and graduate research includes studies focused on microorganisms in subsurface environments and her field research includes multiple Antarctic expeditions, according to the release.

At the time of his selection, Chari, whose Air Force pilot nickname is "Grinder", was a colonel-select in the U.S. Air Force, serving as commander of the 461st Flight Test Squadron and director of the F-35 Integrated Test Force.

Bob Hines has been selected by NASA to join the 2017 Astronaut Candidate Class. He was a launch chief engineer at SpaceX, and apparently a huge fan of Kerbal Space Program, according to a Reddit AMA.

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