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NASA names 2021 astronaut candidates as it plans for moon missions

Added 12-06-21 05:07:01pm EST - “The group of would-be astronauts includes four women and reflects a broad stretch of America, from Alaska to Puerto Rico.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “NASA names 2021 astronaut candidates as it plans for moon missions”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

NASA introduced its new astronaut candidate class on Monday — the first such group in four years. Robert Markowitz /NASA-JSC hide caption

NASA announced 10 astronaut candidates on Monday, selecting a group from more than 12,000 applications. The group, which includes four women, will train in hopes of being named to NASA's first human missions to the moon in more than 50 years.

"Alone, each candidate has 'the right stuff,' but together they represent the creed of our country: E pluribus unum – out of many, one," said NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, as the agency introduced the new batch of astronaut candidates at an event at Ellington Field, close to NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.

It's NASA's first new astronaut candidate class in four years. They'll become eligible for flight assignments after their training, which will start in January and last around two years. The astronaut candidates will vie for a range of missions on and around the moon, as well as trips to the International Space Station.

"Today we reach further into the stars as we push forward to the Moon once again and on to Mars," said Vanessa Wyche, director of NASA's Johnson Space Center, which is home to both the astronaut corps and the Mission Control Center.

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