JOHNSON SPACE CENTER (KHOU) — A class of four women and four men were announced Monday as the next generation of space explorers for NASA. The candidates look to be the first astronauts to launch from the U.S. since the space shuttle program was retired last year. Of the eight, one is a Texan.
More than 6,000 people applied to join the astronaut corps. The new class will train for missions to the International Space Station and planned missions to a lassoed asteroid and possibly even the initial trips to Mars.
"They have diverse backgrounds and skill sets that will contribute greatly to the existing astronaut corps," Janet Kavandi, director of flight crew operations at Johnson Space Center, said. "Based on their incredible experiences to date, I have every confidence that they will apply their combined expertise and talents to achieve great things for NASA and this country in the pursuit of human exploration."
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