NASA to Announce New Astronaut Class

A SpaceX Dragon approaches the International Space Station on Monday, June 5, 2017, making an unprecedented second trip to the orbiting outpost. The Dragon supply ship, recycled following a 2014 flight, was launched from Florida on Saturday. (NASA TV via AP)

By Don Morgan

They were chosen from a field of more than 18,000 applicants and Wednesday, NASA introduces it’s latest astronaut class.

You don’t really hear much about space travel these days but David Alexander at the Rice University Space Institute tells us that’s going to change in the next few years.

He tells us NASA is still heavily involved with the International Space Station so it’s possible some of the new Astronauts will spend time there.

For others, it’ll be a tough competition to train for missions to the moon and possibly Mars.

Alexander tells us NASA is planning a mission to the red planet in the 2030’s. He says there is still a lot to learn with moon landings too including whether or not there is actually water beneath the lunar surface.



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