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8 named as new astronauts - The Galveston County Daily News: Space

September 27, 2016

8 named as new astronauts

Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 12:50 am

JOHNSON SPACE CENTER — 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.

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.

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