NASA picks 12 new astronauts from crush of applicants

Eloi Lecerf
Junho 10, 2017

Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Chari was raised in Cedar Falls, Iowa. She went on to earn a Master's degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California and is a graduate of the U.S. Navy Test Pilot School in Patuxent River, Maryland where she accumulated more than 1,600 hours of flight time and 150 combat missions.

The astronauts have two years of training before they are eligible for flight assignments.

Zena Cardman, a doctoral student in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, was selected to be a member of the NASA 2017 class of astronauts. He says he's worked on design analysis, operations, systems, launch teams, and even failure investigations, which he says revealed valuable lessons to make rockets more reliable and safe for astronauts in the future.

"Between expanding the crew on board the space station to conduct more research than ever before, and making preparations to send humans farther into space than we've ever been, we are going to keep them busy", he said. He offered President Donald Trump's congratulations and noted that the president is "firmly committed to NASA's noble mission, leading America in space". The last class of astronaut candidates was named in 2013.

Basically, liquid coffee coalesces into gooey-looking balls in microgravity because water molecules are happiest when they're surrounded by other water molecules. NASA handpicked 12 men and women for the task, which adds up to a total of 350 astronauts selected since the original Mercury 7 in 1959 - more than any other country.

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NASA just announced a new class of astronauts that's its biggest since 2000.

The vice president told everyone gathered for the announcement that NASA will have the resources and support necessary to continue to make history.

As CBS reported, the new class includes a physician, a surgeon, two geologists, an oceanography engineer, an electrical engineering professor, a SpaceX senior manager, four veteran test pilots and a nuclear engineer.

Army astronauts have embraced the longer trips, as shown in their nearly continuous presence in space over the past two years.

"Selected applicants are designated Astronaut Candidates and are assigned to the Astronaut Office at the Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas". At the time, it said those chosen could launch to the space station, to "unprecedented missions in lunar orbit" and help lay the groundwork for longer duration missions to Mars.

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