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.

13 Responses to “Meet the NASA Astronaut Class of 2013”

  1. Ramone says:

    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. tyger11 says:

    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. kartwaffles says:

    Military personnel are still disproportionately represented.

  4. spamky says:

    jesus christ those people made me feel like an underachiever.

  5.  Better to have them in space than blowing up shit down here on Terra, wouldn’t you say?

  6. Analog Kid says:

    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.

  7. oasisob1 says:

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

  8. California Powers says:

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

  9. ActualBruceFan says:

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

    • California Powers says:

      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.

      • Antinous / Moderator says:

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

      • llazy8 says:

        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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