Great news for gender and race equality! The new class of NASA astronauts is 50% female for the first time in history. The class of eight astronauts are an equal mix of men and women, but is also made up of a variety of racial backgrounds making it the most diverse astronaut class in history. Let’s take a look at the new astronauts.
NASA tweeted about the new class this morning:
NASA has a new group of potential astronauts who will help push the boundaries of exploration. Check them out! http://t.co/2qZt0P6OCl
— NASA (@NASA) June 17, 2013
The new class of astronauts will begin training in August at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. The class is comprised of Josh A. Cassada, Ph. D., 39, Victor J. Glover, 37, Lt. Commander, U.S. Navy, Tyler N. Hague (Nick), 37, Lt. Colonel, U.S. Air Force, Christina M. Hammock, 34, Nicole Aunapu Mann, 35, Major, U.S. Marine Corps, Anne C. McClain, 34, Major, U.S. Army, Jessica U. Meir, Ph.D., 35, and Andrew R. Morgan, M.D., 37, Major, U.S. Army.
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