NASA announced on Monday the names and biographies of ten astronaut candidates, one of them Puerto Rican, who were selected from more than 12,000 applicants for a career in space.
Four of those chosen are women: Nichole Ayers, 32 years old, Christina Birch (35), Sea Burnham (36) and Jessica Wittner (38).
The six men are Puerto Rican Marcos Berríos, 37, Luke Delaney, 42, Andre Douglas, 35, Jack Hathaway, 39, Anil Menon, 45, and Christopher Williams, 38.
Most come from the various military weapons, although there are also three civilians, and all have a master’s degree in a field of science, technology, engineering or mathematics, a requirement that was requested for the first time in this call.
The administrator of the NASAFormer Florida Democratic Senator Bill Nelson introduced members of the 2021 astronaut cohort, the first in four years, at an event held at Ellington Field near NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.
“Today we welcome ten new explorers, ten members of the Artemis generation: the astronaut candidate cohort of the NASA from 2021 ″Nelson said.
“Individually, each candidate has ‘what it takes’, but together they represent the creed of our country: E pluribus unum – of many, one”, he stressed.
Astronaut Candidates will begin work on the Johnson Space Center in January 2022 to begin two years of training.
Astronaut candidate training is divided into five main categories: operation and maintenance of space station systems, spacewalk training, development of complex robotic skills, safe operation of a T-38 training jet, and proficiency in the Russian language. .
When they complete the training, they could be assigned to missions that involve conducting research aboard the International Space Station (ISS), as well as missions in the so-called “Deep space”, Like the moon.
“Each of you has an incredible story”said Pam Melroy, a former astronaut with the NASA and deputy director of NASA, to the candidates.
“They bring diversity to our astronaut corps in many ways and have volunteered to serve in one of the highest and most exciting forms of public service.”added.