NASA Receives Second Highest Number Of Astronaut Applications

Joshua Buck
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Nicole Cloutier-Lemasters
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NASA Receives Second Highest Number Of Astronaut Applications

HOUSTON — More than 6,300 people practical to turn a NASA wanderer between Nov. 15, 2011 and Jan. 27, a second top series of applications ever perceived by a agency. After a consummate preference process, that includes interviews and medical examinations, 9 to 15 people will be comparison to turn partial of a 21st wanderer class.

“This is a good time to join a NASA family,” NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said. “Our newest astronauts could launch aboard a initial blurb rockets to a space hire a subsequent era of scientists and engineers who will assistance us strech aloft and emanate an American economy that is built to last.”

The Astronaut Selection Office staff will examination a applications to brand those assembly a smallest requirements. Next, an stretched team, comprised mostly of active astronauts, will examination those applications to establish that ones are rarely qualified. Those people will be invited to Johnson Space Center for in-person interviews and medical evaluations.

“We will be looking for people who unequivocally mount out,” pronounced Peggy Whitson, arch of a Astronaut Office during NASA’s Johnson Space Center and chair of a Astronaut Selection Board. “Our group not usually will be looking during their educational credentials and veteran accomplishments though also during other elements of their celebrity and impression traits — what forms of hobbies they have or singular life experiences. We wish and need a brew of people and skills for this subsequent proviso of tellurian exploration.”

NASA expects to announce a final preference of wanderer possibilities in a open of 2013.

The comparison wanderer possibilities will have dual years of initial training. Subjects will embody space hire systems, Russian denunciation and spacewalking skills training. Those who finish a training will be reserved technical duties within a Astronaut Office during Johnson and, ultimately, missions.
     
Typically, a group receives between 2,500 and 3,500 field for wanderer cavity announcements. The top response occurred in 1978 with 8,000 applicants.

For some-more information about NASA astronauts, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/astronauts/flynasa.html

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