Thursday, 8 June 2017

NASA picks 12 astronauts from pool of 18,300 applicants

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NASA named 12 astronauts on Wednesday to the U.S. space agency’s first new class of space fliers in five years, chosen from a record 18,300 applicants, for a new era of space travel.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence welcomed the five women and seven men, aged 28 to 42, during their introduction at the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.
Pence said the White House planned to form a council to advise President Donald Trump on space policy and strategy, relaunching a body that has been inactive for more than 25 years.
Trump is “firmly committed to NASA’s noble mission – leading America in space,” Pence said, noting that only 338 Americans have served as NASA astronauts.


NASA picks 12 astronauts from pool of 18,300 applicants

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