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Red-Letter Day: NASA Astronauts wanted; NSRC spaceflight giveaway

16 Nov 2011, 01:50 UTC
Red-Letter Day: NASA Astronauts wanted; NSRC spaceflight giveaway
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Today has been quite a big day for aspiring astronauts:
NASA Seeks New Wave of Astronauts
Astronauts Tom Stafford and Alan Shepard Jr. studying a Gemini mission chart, Dec 1965. (Credit: NASA)
On one hand, NASA finally opened another selection announcement for the next class of astronauts. Until the end of January 2012, anyone with the grit, drive, and the moxie to put their hat in the ring will be stacked up against the best of the best for a handful of new astronaut positions.
Contrary to what many believe in the post-Shuttle NASA environment, what awaits these future spacefarers is more than just maintaining the International Space Station, showing up at press appearances, and performing (much needed) education public outreach. …NASA is also hard at work, developing a new, Apollo-style spacecraft intended for deep space missions (Orion MPCV) while exploring the possibility of using it to visit and explore near-Earth asteroids.
-Not to mention that these new astronauts will also be on the cusp of helping to break open a new era of commercial spaceflight.
Not a bad time to get involved, all things considered.
Spaceflight Giveaway for Next-Generation Suborbital Researcher
The XCOR Lynx suborbital vehicle. (Credit: ...

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