NASA announced its 12 newest astronaut candidates - culled from 18,300 applications! There are 5 women and 7 men, several doctors, pilots, a former Navy SEAL, scientists in a variety of fields and even a submariner. I say with unabashed Navy pride that the Navy rules in sheer numbers.
Here is their selfie which I love as it really captures their energy and camaraderie:
NASA's 2017 astronaut candidates stop to take a group photo while getting fitted for flight suits at Ellington Field near NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.
After receiving a record-breaking number of applications to join an exciting future of space exploration, NASA has selected its largest astronaut class since 2000. Rising to the top of more than 18,300 applicants, NASA chose these 12 women and men as the agency’s new astronaut candidates. Pictured are, front row, left to right, Zena Cardman, Jasmin Moghbeli, Robb Kulin, Jessica Watkins, Loral O'Hara; back row, left to right, Jonny Kim, Frank Rubio, Matthew Dominick, Warren Hoburg, Kayla Barron, Bob Hines, and Raja Chari.
Image Credit: NASA
The new Astronaut Candidates report to NASA in August to begin their training to become full fledged astronauts.
Get more information here on their bios. And see their video.
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