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NASA Receives Over 18,000 Astronaut Applications

When NASA announced it was accepting applications for future astronauts last December, the space agency likely did not expect to receive over 18,000 applications. One-third of that number applied in 2012 and 8,000 in 1978, the previous record. “It’s not at all surprising to me that so many Americans from diverse backgrounds want to personally contribute to blazing the trail on our journey to Mars,” said NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden, a former astronaut. “A few exceptionally...

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