NASA Introduces Newest Astronauts Ready for Space Station, Moon, and Mars Missions

Saturday, January 11, 2020 - 15:12

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has introduced the newest astronauts, increasing the number of those eligible for spaceflight assignments that will expand humanity’s horizons in space for generations to come.

According to the NASA report, the new graduates may be assigned to missions destined for the International Space Station, the Moon, and ultimately, Mars.

With a goal of sustainable lunar exploration later this decade, NASA will send the first woman and next man to the surface on the Moon by 2024.

Each new astronaut received a silver pin, a tradition dating back to the Mercury 7 astronauts, who were selected in 1959. They will receive a gold pin once they complete their first spaceflights.

Including the current class, NASA now has 48 active astronauts in its corps. NASA is also considering plans to open the application process this spring for the next class of astronaut candidates.

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