NASA selected 10 new astronauts Monday, half of them military pilots, as it looks ahead to the moon and Mars. The space agency introduced the six men and four women during a ceremony in Houston, home to Mission Control and the astronaut corps.
More than 12,000 applied for the coveted spots. The 10 selected are in their 30s and 40s, and face two years of training before becoming eligible for spaceflight. The combat and test pilots, the astronaut candidates include a medical physicist, drilling specialist, maritime roboticist, NASA-turned-SpaceX flight surgeon and bioengineer who was a champion cyclist. Two astronauts from the United Arab Emirates will train with them.
Navy Lt. Deniz Burnham, an Alaskan, manages drilling projects throughout North America. has accepted 360 people into its astronaut corps since the original Mercury Seven in 1959. The previous astronaut selection was in 2017. With SpaceX sending astronauts to the International Space Station and other private companies launching tourists on short rides, and NASA Artemis moon-landing program on the horizon, and the NASA chief astronaut Reid Wiseman said that they are in the golden age right now of human spaceflight.