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Mars rover scientist, SpaceX engineer join NASA astronaut corps

NASA named 12 space travelers on Wednesday to the US space organization's first new class of space fliers in five years, looked over a record 18,300 candidates, for another period of space travel. US Vice President Mike Pence respected the five ladies and seven men, matured 28 to 42, amid their presentation at the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Johnson Space Center in Houston. 

Pence said the White House wanted to frame a board to prompt President Donald Trump on space arrangement and procedure, relaunching a body that has been inert for over 25 years. Trump is "immovably dedicated to NASA's honorable mission – driving America in space," Pence stated, taking note of that lone 338 Americans have filled in as NASA space explorers. The students incorporate a researcher working with the Mars automated wanderer Curiosity, a SpaceX design, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology educator and an Army specialist. 

NASA is building up a substantial lift rocket and Orion container for go to the moon and in the long run Mars. It is likewise working with Elon Musk's Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, and Boeing Co to create business space taxis that can ship teams to and from the International Space Station, a $100 billion research lab that flies around 240 miles (400 km) above Earth. 

"Ideally one day I'll get the opportunity to fly on a vehicle that has parts I've really composed," said Robb Kulin, 33, a specialist of designing and Fulbright Fellow who is joining the space explorer corps from SpaceX in Hawthorne, California. Since the van program finished in 2011, NASA has been reliant on Russia for rides to the station, a 15-country extend. 

Jessica Watkins, 28, a post-doctoral individual at the California Institute of Technology, joins the class subsequent to serving on the science group working the auto measured Curiosity wanderer which has been investigating Gale Crater on Mars since August 2012. "We mean to send her to Mars one day," said acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot. The space travelers have two years of preparing before they are qualified for flight assignments. They are planned to report for obligation at the Johnson Space Center in August.

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