Meet the NASA Astronaut Class of 2013

More than 6000 people applied, eight were chosen. And, for the first time, NASA has an astronaut class with gender parity — four men, and four women.


  1. Well, they’ll be hitching a ride with the Russians. The bigger question is–why are we still selecting so many pilots? (…since we don’t have a spacecraft…)

  2. True, we don’t have any craft of our own – FOR NOW. But, these are trainees. By the time they’re ready, hopefully we’ll have something for them to fly.

  3. This is how the gender balance should be in the house and senate…instead we have all men in a judiciary committee creating laws about abortion.

  4. Shit. I thought it said the NSA Astronaut class of 2013. That was going to be one weird article.

  5. Why are all the pictures arranged with the guys on the top row and the women on the bottom?

  6. Because the men are taller? Or because they want the women to look subservient. Take your pick.

    1. This is a grid of headshots, not a group photo. Hence I’m questioning the editor’s arrangement. It could’ve been arranged in alphabetical order instead, for example.

      1. It’s pretty weird since the article not only lists them in alphabetical order, but says that it’s listing them in alphabetical order.

      2. Yeah, that bugged me, too! And of course NASA’s website has them in alphabetical order, so it was just weird and graphically ugly on the part of the newspaper.  

        Also- hate to be that guy but- 4a + 4b  is not gender parity- one of each or thereabouts would have been nice, though more women in space is one small step for mankind and I’m glad.  Also looks like there is a brownish candidate-another small step.   

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