NASA picks 12 new astronauts from crush of applicants

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After receiving a record-breaking 18,300 applications to join the future of space exploration, the United States space agency selected its largest astronaut class since 2000. Photo Credit: Mark Garcia/NASA Moghbeli was born in Germany but grew up in Baldwin, New York.

Cardman is pursuing her doctorate in geosciences at Penn State, where she studies microbe-rock interactions and what they can tell us about life on early Earth and beyond.

Raja Chari of Cedar Falls, Iowa, an Air Force colonel and astronautical engineer. He served as a lieutenant commander in the US Navy and earned his bachelor of science in electrical engineering from the University of San Diego.

According to NASA's estimates, at least 3 million US citizens would meet the basic requirements for the recent search. Warren "Woody" Hoburg, an assistant professor of aeronautics and astronautics, will give up his gig teaching at MIT.

Jonny Kim, who received a bachelor's degree in mathematics at the University of San Diego before becoming a Navy SEAL. Among the group are engineers, pilots and military officers with breathtaking resumes.

Jessica Watkins is from Lafayette.

This is NASA's 22nd group of astronauts. And Watkins has been part of the team for NASA's Curiosity rover mission on Mars.

"These women and men deserve our enthusiastic congratulations", said Ellen Ochoa, astronaut and Johnson Space Center Director.

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence helped welcome a new class of NASA astronauts Wednesday with a renewed commitment to the space program.

"Under President Donald Trump, America will lead in space once again and the world will marvel", Pence said.

Her National Aeronautics and Space Administration bio says she likes hiking, backpacking, running and reading.

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, he said, adding that NASA would continue to collaborate with the commercial space industry in the future. He will also be given a special briefing about the different human spaceflight operations that are now underway. "May God guide you and bless you".

The astronauts have two years of training before they are eligible for flight assignments. She'll report to Johnson Space Center in August to begin her training. Private companies are developing rockets that could someday take passengers to space, and NASA has plans to send future manned missions to Mars. Some members of the class of 2009 have yet to launch.

More than 18,300 people threw their hats into the space ring during a brief application period 1 ½ years ago.

He was among 12 individuals chosen for astronaut school.

Bob Hines of Harrisburg, Pa., works as a NASA research pilot at Johnson Space Center.

Applicants should be ready to pass the physical exam as well. "I got to design", Mr Kulin said.

NASA says an astronaut's salary starts at more than $66,000 a year and can range upward to almost $145,000 based on experience.

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