” Five women and seven men make up the new class, NASA’s largest since 2000. He was named a distinguished graduate from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Undergraduate Pilot Training, and the F-15E Formal Training Unit. His father Srinivas Chari was an engineer, who immigrated to the United States after his engineering from Osmania University in Hyderabad. She graduated from Baldwin Senior High School and went on to earn engineering degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Naval Postgraduate School. He is married to Holly Schaffter Chari and they have three children. The group, the largest in nearly two decades selected by NASA, will undergo a two-year training from this August. When the class is completed, Chari will be assigned technical duties in the Astronaut Office till he gets a flight assignment.
Chari has received multiple awards for his service.
All the 12 candidates will be provided extensive training for Earth-orbit missions as well as deep space missions such as travel to Mars.
Moghbeli is one of twelve selected candidates who were chosen from a pool of more than 18-thousand applicants, a record number.
The candidates were introduced by Vice President Mike Pence and Robert Lightfoot, NASA’s acting administrator, in a ceremony held at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.
Pence offered congratulations from President Donald Trump.
In the class of 2017, there are doctors, scientists, engineers and pilots, and two were interns at NASA’s jet propulsion laboratory – a research centre in California.
O’Hara said choosing to study at Purdue was a “no-brainer” because of the nationally recognized programs of the university.
However, that could change next year.
The new team will be given training of two years and would later set for riding commercial rockets to the International Space Station or beyond that in NASA’s Orion spacecraft. Requirements include USA citizenship; college degrees in science, technology, engineering or mathematics; and at least three years of experience or 1,000 hours of piloting jets. Jessica Watkins, 29, has earned a doctorate in Geology.
The astronauts were selected on the basis of expertise, education, and physical tests.”
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