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January 6-12, 2020 / Vol 39, No 1 / Hawai`i Island, USA

3 Jan 2020, 20:34 UTC
January 6-12, 2020 / Vol 39, No 1 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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13 Women and Men to Join 560+ Space Travelers as NASA Astronaut Candidates Graduate

A record 18,300 applicants vied for a spot to train with Group 22 aka ‘The Turtles’ in 2017 – soon the 11 USA and 2 Canada candidates (6 women, 7 men) selected will become eligible for spaceflight after an official ceremony on January 10 at Johnson Space Center, marking the first group to enter the space program during the Artemis lunar exploration era. 9 out of the 13 have military backgrounds. Among the graduating class are (row 1 L-R): Raja Chari, a fighter pilot from Iowa; Jonny Kim, an emergency room physician from California; Zena Cardman, a microbiologist from Virginia, Loral O’Hara, an oceanography research engineer educated in Kansas quoted as stating ‘Every time I look at the Moon, I think holy cow, I might be walking around up there’; (row 2 L-R): Bob Hines, an aerospace engineer from Pennsylvania; Frank Rubio, a surgeon from Florida; Jenni Sidey-Gibbons (CSA), an engineer with subject matter expertise on combustion in microgravity from Alberta, Jasmin Moghbeli, a helicopter test pilot from New York; Jessica Watkins, a geoscientist from Colorado and the 10th Stanford female graduate to become an astronaut ...

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