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NASA Selects Asteroid Mission Astronauts
Discovery News ^ | Jun 17, 2013 01:45 PM ET | Clara Moskowitz

Posted on 06/17/2013 11:50:45 AM PDT by Olog-hai

NASA has picked eight Americans, a mix of scientists and military pilots, to begin training for future space missions that may one day launch them all the way to Mars. The new class includes four men and four women who will join the 49 active astronauts at the agency’s astronaut corps at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

The new U.S. space travelers, which NASA unveiled today (June 17), could be part of the first crews to visit an asteroid or Mars, deep-space goals that NASA aims to explore. They could also be the first people to launch to space on a U.S.-built rocket since the era of the space shuttle, which ended in 2011.

In the nearer term, the new recruits could launch on Russian rockets to serve long-duration missions on the International Space Station, which is expected to operate until at least 2020. …

(Excerpt) Read more at news.discovery.com ...


TOPICS: Astronomy; Chit/Chat; Science
KEYWORDS: nasa
Good thing Khrushchev isn’t still around to laugh at this.
1 posted on 06/17/2013 11:50:45 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

I certainly hope they are diverse, as diversity is our strength.


2 posted on 06/17/2013 11:51:59 AM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: PghBaldy

Robert Duvall will lead no doubt.


3 posted on 06/17/2013 11:52:42 AM PDT by JaguarXKE (1973: Reporters investigate All the President's Men. 2013: Reporters ARE all the President's men)
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To: Olog-hai

“The new class includes four men and four women”

and probably four more who aren’t sure.


4 posted on 06/17/2013 11:54:01 AM PDT by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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To: PghBaldy

4 men, 1 of whom is black, 4 women. What are the chances that 50% of the best choices for this mission would be women? Are 50% of scientists or military, women?


5 posted on 06/17/2013 11:54:36 AM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: Olog-hai

6 posted on 06/17/2013 11:54:38 AM PDT by ThomasMore (Islam is the Whore of Babylon!)
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To: Olog-hai

Any muzzies? According to our liar in chief they are an integral part of our space program.


7 posted on 06/17/2013 11:55:28 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: PghBaldy
NASA's new class of astronauts include a diverse group of people from a variety of backgrounds. Image Released June 17, 2013.
8 posted on 06/17/2013 11:55:31 AM PDT by rightwingcrazy
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To: Olog-hai

4 men, 4 women. Gee, how did that happen? Remember kids, it’s not how good you are, it’s your group membership that counts. I’m sure the 8 chosen are not only gender diverse, but also ethnically, and sexual orientation-wise.

Meanwhile, NASA is still busy pushing AGW while lacking launch capability.

America has become a parody of her once great self.


9 posted on 06/17/2013 11:56:02 AM PDT by brownsfan (Behold, the power of government cheese.)
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To: Olog-hai
NASA Selects Asteroid Mission Astronauts

With our current Adminstration, who's to say the mission isn't to lasso an asteroid and crash it into America?

10 posted on 06/17/2013 11:57:07 AM PDT by Lazamataz ("AP" clearly stands for American Pravda. Our news media has become completely and proudly Soviet.)
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To: brownsfan
4 men, 4 women. Gee, how did that happen?

American Idol meets Government Science. :)

11 posted on 06/17/2013 11:57:39 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: Olog-hai

Somehow the 49 existing astronauts are all far too busy for a mission to an asteroid or Mars.


12 posted on 06/17/2013 11:59:04 AM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL

Must be that Muslim outreach thingy.


13 posted on 06/17/2013 12:01:05 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: PghBaldy
"I certainly hope they are diverse, as diversity is our strength."

How many Arabs?

14 posted on 06/17/2013 12:01:25 PM PDT by Average Al ( Our founder fathers never knew we could fail due to a Techtatorship.)
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To: rightwingcrazy

So which one or two are homos and which one is Hispanic?


15 posted on 06/17/2013 12:01:50 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: Olog-hai

What happened to NASA’s Moslem outreach program?

Talk about violent alien lifeforms. On Star Trek, they would be Klingons, only without honor.


16 posted on 06/17/2013 12:02:25 PM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: Olog-hai

So now we’re going to have 57 astronauts not going into space. great.

This was deliberately done as part of destroying the capabilities of the last superpower. Not having access to space, not being able to exchange astronauts off of our endeavor, the ISS.


17 posted on 06/17/2013 12:03:17 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Olog-hai

I do hope all the known genders are represented - GLBTQQ[and more I think].


18 posted on 06/17/2013 12:04:40 PM PDT by DManA
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To: PghBaldy

When it comes to astronauts, it is a safer assumption the black guy is on the higher side of the bell curve when it comes to iq/intelligence.


19 posted on 06/17/2013 12:04:46 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Olog-hai

Preparing for “Mission H: In search of Asteroids”.


20 posted on 06/17/2013 12:06:21 PM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: PghBaldy

per your women comment, why would you knowingly put people up there who have inherently weaker bodies in terms of strength, and less ability to lose bone density?

we’ll be paying for their space-borne osteoporosis, you can count on that.


21 posted on 06/17/2013 12:06:38 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Olog-hai

Let me guess:

Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Billy Bob Thornton, Liv Tyler, Owen Wilson, Will Patton, Peter Stormare, William Fichtner, Michael Clarke Duncan, Keith David and Steve Buscemi?


22 posted on 06/17/2013 12:06:47 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: ThomasMore

What idiot picked Steve Buschemi for the mission and then DIDN’T expect issues???


23 posted on 06/17/2013 12:07:19 PM PDT by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: Olog-hai

Private industry will get there first.


24 posted on 06/17/2013 12:07:58 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Olog-hai
Good thing Khrushchev isn’t still around to laugh at this.

************

Might be a good gig if you can get the work?!?

Advanced flight school & PR appearances...
....prolly retire before actual mission funding kicks in...

25 posted on 06/17/2013 12:09:18 PM PDT by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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To: GeronL

people have left or rotated in non- active status so need a new group had always been this way


26 posted on 06/17/2013 12:14:04 PM PDT by markman46 (engage brain before using keyboard!!!)
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To: Olog-hai

What? No Muslims? I’m shocked.


27 posted on 06/17/2013 12:14:52 PM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (PRISON AT BENGHAZI?????)
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To: Olog-hai

NASA chief rules out manned Moon mission in the foreseeable future

http://www.theverge.com/2013/4/7/4193424/nasa-administrator-charles-bolden-rules-our-manned-moon-mission

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NASA administrator Charles Bolden has dismissed the idea that the space agency will attempt another manned Moon mission. Speaking with contemporaries, Bolden said “NASA will not take the lead on a human lunar mission... probably in my lifetime.”

Bolden added that if the next administration reverses NASA’s decision it would set back the manned space program in its entirety. He warned that, should we divert resources towards a manned moon mission in the future, we would probably never “see Americans on the Moon, on Mars, near an asteroid, or anywhere” in our lifetimes, explaining that “we cannot continue to change the course of human exploration.”


28 posted on 06/17/2013 12:15:33 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: Olog-hai
four men and four women who will join the 49 active astronauts at the agency’s astronaut corps at the Johnson Space Center in Houston

So now we have 53 astronauts, but no spaceships, and no missions. And they all have to fly four hours per week in T-38 trainers to maintain their qualification as ... wait for it ... aviators.

29 posted on 06/17/2013 12:17:50 PM PDT by Spirochete (Does the FedGov have the attributes of a legitimate government?)
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To: Olog-hai
"We will ferry you!"- Nikita Khrushchev.

I'm just so damn proud to be an American these days.

30 posted on 06/17/2013 12:18:26 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (23,116,441 households on Food Stamps! Now that's what I call HISTORICAL!!!)
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To: Olog-hai

Wonder if anyone of these folks really think they will get off the ground?


31 posted on 06/17/2013 12:21:46 PM PDT by hadaclueonce (dont worry about Mexico, put the fence around kalifornia.)
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To: hadaclueonce

Russia providing the transportation?


32 posted on 06/17/2013 1:04:50 PM PDT by Phillyred
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To: Secret Agent Man
So now we’re going to have 57 astronauts not going into space. great

One from every state! ;)
33 posted on 06/17/2013 1:08:22 PM PDT by chrisser (Senseless legislation does nothing to solve senseless violence.)
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To: hadaclueonce
Wonder if anyone of these folks really think they will get off the ground?

Oh yeah, we have the technology:



Some tweaking may be required but we're almost there...

34 posted on 06/17/2013 1:15:34 PM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: BitWielder1

Paying for a space station and having to thumb rides to it is like building a nice home on an island and having your boat repoed.


35 posted on 06/17/2013 1:30:16 PM PDT by hadaclueonce (dont worry about Mexico, put the fence around kalifornia.)
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To: Olog-hai

The only survivors of the Zombie Apocalypse.


36 posted on 06/17/2013 1:53:05 PM PDT by Only1choice____Freedom (As long as America's tolerence of failure is not overwhelmed by a desire to succeed, we will fail.)
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To: Olog-hai
Good thing all this diversity wasn't around when the Apollo 13 Mission was going. IMO the astronauts should be as physically capable as SEAL team members.
37 posted on 06/17/2013 1:59:06 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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