A two-year training course has recently been completed for the first batch of NASA astronauts eligible to travel to or beyond human spaceflight.
13 prospective astronauts were congratulated on an incident at NASA’s Huston Space Center in Texas. A Silver Ring, a custom of the Mercury 7 astronomers selected in 1959, is given to every new astronaut. After their first spaceflight, they will receive a gold pin. This was the first public ceremony for astronauts ever held by the US Space Agency.
The 13 space travellers began their training in 2017 and were selected from a large pool of candidates. Six out of the 13 selected are women, which means that the Artemis mission is on its way to put the first woman on the lunar surface.
Jennifer Sidey-Gibbons and Joshua Kutryk have succeeded in getting into the final roster, two astronauts from the Canadian Space Agency. In the meantime, 18,000 people were handpicked from the remaining eleven Americans.
Jessica Watkins, Francisco “Frank” Rubio, Lora O’Hara, Jasmin Moghbeli, Warren Hoburg, Bob Hines, Matthew Dominick, Raja Chari are all the American astronauts.
According to NASA’s statement, spaceflight users had to undergo a rigorous training process, which includs instruction, training and testing in space walking, robotics, T-38 jet competence systems, and Russian language learning to talk with their Russian counterparts. We also aid as astronauts to build spacecrafts and assist the teams in space at present.
Following the training, astronauts also have the opportunity to participate in manned Mars missions.
“These people represent America’s best and how unbelievable time they will join our astronauts ‘ corps,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine in a statement. “2020 will mark the return of launching American astronauts on American rockets from American soil, and will be an important year of progress for our Artemis program and missions to the Moon and beyond.”
Including the current class, NASA now has 48 active astronauts in its corps. These astronauts will ultimately join the ranks of about 500 people who have had the honour of going into space.
NASA is also considering plans to open the application process this spring for the next class of astronaut candidates.