NASA announces new astronauts who will begin training next month

In February this year, the ESA announced the selection for the futures astronauts. A few months later also the Nasa presented the new “to classify”composed of ten members, which will be the basis for future space exploration projects both in low Earth orbit (LEO) and for Artemis Missions directed towards the Moon.

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Therefore, among these names, there could be the new astronaut that he will still set foot on our natural satellite after the last Apollo Mission. They are therefore people destined to write the history of space exploration and the very future ofamerican space agency.

NASA’s new astronauts to the ISS and the Moon

The selections were very tough given that selecting ten names have been passed through the sieve over 12,000 apps US citizens who applied last year. The class of 2021 is the last in four years and from 2022 they will begin training based on full training.

For the first time, a master’s degree in STEM was also required in this selection (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Now, since 1959, they are selected by the NASA 360 people will become astronauts.

Bill Nelson (NASA administrator) said “Today we welcome 10 new explorers, 10 members of the Artemis generation, NASA’s class of 2021 astronaut candidates. Alone, each candidate has – what it takes – but together they represent our country’s creed: E pluribus unum – by many, one”.

The names of new NASA astronauts

  • Nichole Ayers (32) from Colorado, USAF Major
  • Marcos Berrios (37) from Puerto Rico, major in the USAF
  • Christine Birch (35) from Arizona, biochemist
  • Denis Burnham (36) Alaska, USN Lt.
  • Luc Delaney (42) from Florida, retired USMC Major
  • Andre Douglas (35) from Virginia, mechanical, electrical and computer engineer
  • Jack Hathaway (39) Connecticut, USN Commander
  • Anil Menon (45) from Minnesota, USAF Lt. Col.
  • Christopher Williams (38) from Maryland, physicist
  • Jessica Wittner (38) from California, USN Lieutenant Commander

L’coaching will begin to Johnson Space Center from January 2022 e it will last two years. Astronauts will learn detailed operation and repair of the ISS, training for EVAs, knowledge of robotics, operation of the T-38 trainer aircraft, and speak Russian. They will also learn to use the on-board systems of the Crew Dragon capsule, but also of Orion and NASA SLS.

Some of the characteristics of NASA astronauts

To name some of the features of the new astronautsthe Ayers holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a major in Russian (with a subsequent master’s degree in computational and applied mathematics). He flew for more than 1350 hours on T-38 and F-22 Raptor (including in combat).

Berrios instead, he’s an aerospace engineer for American Aviation Development, a test pilot with an MIT degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in the same field. He also holds a doctorate in aeronautics and astronautics and has flown over 1300 hours.

Birch instead, he has a degree in mathematics, one in biochemistry and molecular biophysics. He later earned a doctorate in biological engineering from MIT and also taught at the University of California. She is also a winning track cyclist. Burnham holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering.

Delaney holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in aerospace engineering. He fought during Enduring Freedom operations in addition to being a test pilot and instructor pilot also working for NASA and has logged 3700 flight hours on 48 aircraft models.

Douglas rather, he holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, a master’s degree in mechanical engineering, a master’s degree in naval architecture and marine engineering, and a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering. There is also a doctorate in systems engineering. He also worked for the US Coast Guard. hathaway has a degree in physics and history. He has flying experience with Strike Fighter Squadron 14 and has flown over 2500 hours on 30 different aircraft and served in 39 combat missions.

Menon instead, he’s a SpaceX flight physician and worked on the launch of the Demo-2 mission that brought American astronauts back from American soil to space after the space shuttle. He had previously partnered with NASA on the same mission for astronauts aboard the ISS. As a doctor, he also participated in operations during earthquakes in Haiti and Nepal.

williams holds a BS in Physics and a PhD in Physics (with a major in Astrophysics) from MIT. He then entered Harvard as a clinical physicist and researcher, then worked in the hospital. wittner holds a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering and a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering. She also fought in the war flying F/A-18 aircraft with Strike Fighter Squadron 34 and Strike Fighter Squadron 151.

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