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February 24 – March 1, 2020 / Vol 39, No 8 / Hawai`i Island, USA

21 Feb 2020, 20:21 UTC
February 24 – March 1, 2020 / Vol 39, No 8 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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NASA Seeks Artemis Generation Astronauts to Explore Moon and Mars

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine wants all eligible Americans to consider if they are a good fit to join the elite ranks of active Astronauts, which currently number 48. Successful applicants will have a chance to live and work on the International Space Station and to “establish a permanent human presence on the Moon within the next decade to uncover new scientific discoveries and lay the foundation for private companies to build a lunar economy” which will “prepare humanity for future exploration to Mars”, according to NASA Moon to Mars Overview. Applications will be accepted from March 2 to 31, with selection expected to occur midyear 2021. Training at Johnson Space Center in Houston will follow for those selected to join the 350 total NASA-trained Astronauts. This Artemis class of astronaut candidates will be the 23rd to date – given the likelihood of interplanetary mission assignment interest may exceed the 18,300-application record set in 2015 for group 22. Prospects are expected to meet academic and professional standards and pass a long duration spaceflight physical evaluation. Candidates may recall the words of Eugene Cernan, last human to walk on the lunar surface ...

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