NASA’s New Astronaut class will be announced on Wednesday – the day when Vice President Mike Pence will visit NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.
Pence will be revealing the names of America’s newest astronaut candidates, chosen from more than 18,000 applicants to carry the torch for future human space exploration. The event will be broadcast live from the space center and if you want to catch a glimpse of the event you can do so through NASATV. Additionally, the Vice President will tour the Christopher C. Kraft Jr. Mission Control Center and hear briefings on current human spaceflight operations.
One the names have been revealed, media personnel will have the opportunity to speak with experts about the astronaut selection and training processes, and spacecraft in which the new astronauts could fly.
The training will last for two years at the end of which the new astronaut candidates could be assigned to missions performing research on the International Space Station, launching from American soil on spacecraft built by commercial companies, and launching on deep space missions on NASA’s new Orion spacecraft and Space Launch System rocket. The astronaut candidates will report to Johnson in August to begin their training in spacecraft systems, spacewalking skills, teamwork, Russian language and other necessary skills.
NASA said that as more and more spacecrafts are being developed for human flight, future astronauts will launch once again from the Space Coast of Florida on American-made commercial spacecraft and carry out exploration missions that will take humans farther into space than ever before.