Recently @nasa selected 12 new #astronauts for its #space exploration missions, and unsurprisingly 3 of the 12 are UC alumni! As a @ucdavis alumni I couldn't be prouder to see the UC system so well represented on a hopefully interstellar scale.
People of Earth…we happily introduce you to America’s #NewAstronauts! These 12 humans were selected from more than 18,300 applicants, which is more than double the previous record of 8,000 set in 1978. These astronaut candidates will return to Johnson Space Center in August to begin two years fo training. Then they could be assigned to any of a variety of missions, including: performing research on the International Space Station, launching from American soil on spacecraft built by commercial companies, and departing for deep space missions in our Orion spacecraft and Space Launch System rocket.
Applicants included U.S. citizens in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories Puerto Rico, Guam and America Samoa. The talented 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.
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