NASA announced the names of eight people for a flight to Mars




NASA announced the names of eight people for a flight to Mars

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The program space shuttle NASA ended two years ago, but the number of applicants to be astronauts from this has not decreased. National Aeronautics and Space Administration announced the names of eight candidates for the Mars mission .

6,300 people have applied to work at NASA. It is the second-largest ever number of applications received, the agency said.

In the astronauts take only the best. Two of the candidates are candidates of science, and one is a doctor of sports medicine. Four – experienced test pilots of the U.S. military. One person working at the Pentagon in the direction of neutralization of improvised explosive devices, and the other is engaged in ocean and atmospheric research.

The headlines of many newspapers focus attention on the fact that half of the candidates are women. Indeed, NASA for the first time provided a gender parity among astronauts.


NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said the new astronaut trainees are ready to take part in the first manned mission to an asteroid and then to Mars. Of the total mass of volunteers were selected in eight people aged 34 to 39 years. By the time NASA will actually colonize Mars, it will be 50 years. His first job recruits can get at the beginning of the next decade, according to the plan when the agency to orbit the moon will be moved to an asteroid .

By preparing to fly in space: Josh Kassad, Victor Glover, Nick Haig, Christine Hamok, Nicole Mann, Anne McClain, Jessica Meir and Andrew Morgan.

Salary military will remain the same, while all the other astronauts, beginners can expect a reward in the amount of from 64,724 to 141,715 dollars a year, depending on education and experience.

Those who are interested to apply for participation in the space program can be here . The experience of piloting the aircraft is not required.

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