The following is an excerpt from Samantha Guff | February 19, 2016 | Huffingtonpost.com |
Think you have what it takes to be an astronaut?
A record number of people believe they have the right stuff: NASA received more than 18,300 applications for its 2017 astronaut class.
That's three times the number of applicants for the previous class in 2012 and far exceeds the record of 8,000 applicants set in 1978. The spike in applications is likely due, at least in part, to NASA's #BeAnAstronaut social media campaign.
"A few exceptionally talented men and women will become the astronauts chosen in this group who will once again launch to space from U.S. soil on American-made spacecraft," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said in a press release on Friday.
Now begins NASA's eight-month process of narrowing down the pool and determining which eight to 14 individuals will make the cut.
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