NASA to Select New Class of Astronauts

NASA Astronaut

NASA astronaut on EVA mission in 1988

The public is invited to watch the announcement of NASA’s process for selecting its next class of astronauts. The event starts at 1 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011, in the Webb auditorium at NASA Headquarters in Washington. NASA Television and the agency’s website will broadcast the event live. To view the event on NASA TV, visit http://www.nasa.gov/ntv.

NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden, Assistant Administrator for Human Capital Jeri Buchholz, Flight Crew Operations Director Janet Kavandi and five members of the recently graduated 2009 astronaut class will participate in the announcement. They are Serena Aunon, Kjell Lindgren, Kathleen Rubins, Scott Tingle and Mark Vande Hei.

NASA will recruit its next astronaut class through the federal government’s USAJobs.gov website.

The class of 2009 was the first astronaut class to graduate in a new era of space flight following the final mission of the space shuttle. A new fleet of human spacecraft is in development by commercial companies to deliver crews to the International Space Station. NASA also is developing spacecraft to send humans on missions of exploration far away from our planet.

These new astronauts will advance research aboard the space station to benefit life on Earth and develop the knowledge and skills needed for longer flights to explore the solar system.

For more information about the Astronaut selection process, visit http://astronauts.nasa.gov/.

For biographical information and other astronaut information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/astronauts.
For more information about the International Space Station, visit http://www.nasa.gov/station.
For more information about NASA’s next generation of spacecraft, visit http://www.nasa.gov/exploration.

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