NASA’s new astronaut class features 6 women

NASA welcomed 11 new astronauts to its ranks Friday and the Canadian Space Agency welcomed two new astronauts, the first to graduate since NASA announced its Artemis program. These new graduates could potentially be assigned to missions to the international space station, the Moon and Mars. The space agency plans on sending the first woman and next man to the lunar surface by 2024, with a goal of exploring Mars targeted for the mid-2030s. The new grads expand the ranks of astronauts eligible for missions to space. They have backgrounds ranging from experimental rocket science, special forces service, medicine and geology.

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