The space agency ‘National Aeronautics and Space Administration’ (NASA) introduced six men and four women during a ceremony in Houston. Houston is the center of ‘Mission Control and Astronaut Corps.’ For this, more than 12 thousand people had applied. The 10 selected people, aged between 30 and 40 years, will be given training for the first two years to make them eligible to travel in ‘spaceflight.’
These 10 people include, in addition to fighter and test pilots, a medical physicist, drilling specialist, marine roboticist, SpaceX flight surgeon, and bioengineer who has also been a champion cyclist. Two astronauts from the United Arab Emirates will train with him.
Since the ‘Mercury Seven’ in 1959, NASA has inducted 360 people into its astronaut corps. The last time an astronaut was selected was in 2017.
More than 12,000 people applied for the coveted positions. A two-year training period awaits the ten selected astronauts, all of whom are in their 30s and 40s.
Military pilots and test pilots aren’t the only ones eyeing the job of an astronaut. There are also a bioengineer and medical physicist on the list and someone who was a NASA flight surgeon before switching over to SpaceX. They’ll be joined by two UAE astronauts as they prepare for their missions.
During a Q&A session, Puerto Rican Air Force Maj. Marcos Berrios volunteered to fly NASA’s small chopper on Mars to fly a life-size replica.
In response to laughter and applause, he said: “I know Deniz, the other helicopter pilot here, and I would love to take it for a spin for science.”
Since the first Mercury 7 was selected in 1959, NASA has admitted 360 persons into its astronaut corps. Astronauts were last chosen in 2017.
“We are in the golden age of human spaceflight right now,” said NASA chief astronaut Reid Wiseman, as private businesses like SpaceX and Blue Origin fly passengers on brief trips to space and NASA’s Artemis moon-landing program nears completion.
According to the agency’s plans, NASA expects to return astronauts to the moon no early than 2025.