NASA recruits record number of female astronauts

Applied Technology Institute (ATI Courses) offers a variety of courses in Space, Satellite & Aerospace Engineering.  We think the news below would be of interest to our readers. For the first time in history, US space agency NASA has selected a record high of four women among eight new astronauts to join the agency. The […]
Applied Technology Institute (ATI Courses) offers a variety of courses in Space, Satellite & Aerospace Engineering.  We think the news below would be of interest to our readers. For the first time in history, US space agency NASA has selected a record high of four women among eight new astronauts to join the agency. The announcement came on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the launch of the first American woman into space, Sally Ride, who passed away last year. Nicole Aunapu Mann, 35, a major in the US Marine Corps, Jessica Meir, 35, an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, Christina Hammock, 34, a station chief at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Anne McClain, 34, a major in the US Army, along with their four new male colleagues, were the first group out of 6 100 applicants selected by NASA in over four years. Not only are these four ladies part of the highest number of new female astronauts recruited, Hammock and McClain are also the youngest females ever recruited. The astronauts begin their training in August at Johnson Space Centre in Houston and they will help lead the first human mission to an asteroid in the 2020s, and then Mars.
From left clockwise: Christina Hammock, Anne McClain, Nicole Aunapu Mann and Jessica Meir.

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