Saturday, January 22

NASA’s New Astronaut Class Announced

NASA’s New Astronaut Class Announced

Yesterday, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson announced the 2021 astronaut class at Ellington Field in Houston. It’s the first new astronaut class in four years, and more than 12,000 people applied from across all 50 states and U.S. territories.

This marks the first time in history that NASA required each candidate to hold an advanced degree in a STEM field and utilize an online assessment tool.

The 10 astronaut candidates will begin two years of rigorous training when they report for duty at Johnson Space Center next month. Their training will focus on five key areas including Russian language skills, T-38 training, robotics, spacewalking, and learning the International Space Station’s (ISS) systems. 

Upon completion of this training, the astronaut candidates will become eligible for flight assignment. Missions could include commercial crew flights, deep space missions to the Moon and beyond, and research flights to the ISS. 

Meet NASA’s 2021 astronaut candidates: 

Published at Tue, 07 Dec 2021 14:27:27 +0000

Article source: https://spacecenter.org/nasas-new-astronaut-class-announced/