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NASA introduces its 10 ‘Artemis generation’ astronaut candidates


NASA’s 2021 astronaut candidates poses for a group portrait at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. Test pilots. Engineers. Physicists. A US National Team cyclist. A SpaceX flight surgeon. On Monday, NASA announced its 2021 class of 10 future astronauts, a diverse group of high achievers. The space agency calls them the “Artemis generation” because they are likely to be heavily involved in future Artemis-program missions to the moon .

“The women and men selected for the new astronaut class represent the diversity of America and the career paths that can lead to a place in America’s astronaut corps,” NASA said in a statement .

NASA’s candidates, the first ones since 2017, were chosen out of a pool of over 12,000 applicants and received their official introductions during an event near the Johnson Space Center in Houston. You can watch the replay here: The candidates will kick off two years of intensive training in January. They will learn how to operate equipment for the International Space Station, prepare for spacewalks, advance their robotic skills, learn or improve their Russian language and operate a training jet. The reward for all that work could be trips not just to orbit, but possibly all […]

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