NASA Kicks Off Application Process for New Astronauts

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

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 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

Additional information about the Astronaut Candidate Program is available by calling the Astronaut Selection Office at 281-483-5907.

For biographical information and other astronaut information, visit

For more information about the International Space Station, visit

For more information about NASA’s next generation of spacecraft, visit

2 thoughts on “NASA Kicks Off Application Process for New Astronauts”

  1. Mi nombre Johnny Fernando Estrada R tengo 30 aƱos soy Ingeniero de
    Sistemas vivo en Colombia-Medellin me encuentro muy interesado
    en la propuesta de hacerme un gran Astronauta ya que con ello contribuyo a tecnologia a la humanidad y me relizare como Profesional
    en espera de una respuesta para integrarme lo ams pronto posible
    a este gran Programa

    Mil Gracias

    Johnny Fernando Estrada R

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