Meet NASA’s New Astronaut Candidates

By Yolanda R. Arrington
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

The 2017 NASA Astronaut Class: (from left) Zena Cardman, Jasmin Moghbeli, Jonny Kim, Frank Rubio, Matthew Dominick, Warren Hoburg, Robb Kulin, Kayla Barron, Bob Hines, Raji Chari, Loral O’ Hara and Jessica Watkins. (Photo: NASA/Robert Markowitz)

NASA recently announced its 2017 Astronaut Candidates and many of them have served in various branches of the U.S. military. The newest astronaut class was announced June 7. According to NASA, “astronaut candidate” refers to individuals who have been selected as candidates for the NASA astronaut corps. The new class is undergoing a candidacy training program at the Johnson Space Center.

A record number of people applied to be candidates and six with military experience were chosen.

Video by U.S. Air Force SSgt Corey Kingsbury

This is NASA’s largest astronaut class since 2000. More than 18,300 people applied.

NASA’s 2017 astronaut candidates stop to take a group photo while getting fitted for flight suits at Ellington Field near NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. (Photo: NASA)

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