Livestream: Meet the Newest Generation of Astronauts (and the Classified Spaceship They Might Fly In)

Wednesday, 07 June 2017 - 1:15PM
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Wednesday, 07 June 2017 - 1:15PM
Livestream: Meet the Newest Generation of Astronauts (and the Classified Spaceship They Might Fly In)
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Get ready to meet your new space heroes.

After a record-breaking open application that saw over 18,000 people apply to become astronauts, NASA will be livestreaming the announcement of the privileged few who have been chosen for the opportunity to explore beyond this planet as part of the new generation of astronauts. To be considered for selection, these would-be astronauts need at least a bachelor's degree in a STEM field or extensive experience in a relevant occupation, such as piloting a jet aircraft. They'll also need a willingness to be strapped to roughly 1 million pounds of highly volatile rocket fuel.

The announcement will be made live on NASA's website for audiences around the world to enjoy, and will take place at 2 PM Eastern Time today (1pm Central Time). You can also watch here (as long as the livestream works)!



The new astronauts will be among the first to make use of a variety of new spacecraft currently in development, such Boeing's cool-sounding Dragon, and SpaceX's CST-100 Starliner, both of which are being designed to provide an easier journey from Earth to the International Space Station.

What's more, these new astronauts might also get the chance to play with one of SpaceX's newest toys, the mysterious X-37B spaceplane, which was built by Boeing, but which SpaceX has been recently contracted to launch into space for several covert military flights. Not much is known about what the spaceplane's mission might be, but what matters is that it looks awesome.




We currently live in a time when funding for space research and science is dropping, but interest among youth in the possibilities of space travel is rising. The announcement of new astronauts today is an excellent opportunity to inspire young people to look to the stars, squint at a distant celestial body, and say "I want to go there."

And then do it.
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