December 26, 2019 – NASA will honor the primary class of astronaut candidates to graduate beneath the Artemis program at eight:30 a.m. MST Friday, January 10, on the company’s Johnson House Heart in Houston. After finishing greater than two years of fundamental coaching, these candidates will develop into eligible for spaceflight, together with assignments to the Worldwide House Station, Artemis missions to the Moon, and in the end, missions to Mars.
The ceremony will air dwell on NASA Tv and the company’s website. The brand new graduates additionally can be accessible for in-person and distant media interviews following the ceremony.
The category contains 11 NASA candidates, in addition to two
Canadian House Company (CSA) candidates, chosen in 2017. The NASA
candidates had been chosen from a record-setting pool of greater than 18,000
candidates. The CSA candidates have been coaching alongside their NASA
To request credentials to take part in individual, worldwide reporters should contact Johnson’s newsroom at 281-483-5111 by 5 p.m. Friday, December 27. U.S. media should contact Johnson’s newsroom by 5 p.m. Tuesday, January 7. To request an interview, all media ought to contact Johnson’s newsroom by 5 p.m. Tuesday, January 7. These following the briefing on social media could ask questions utilizing #AskNASA.
NASA’s astronaut candidates are:
- Kayla Barron, a U.S. Navy lieutenant, is initially from Richland, Washington. She graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy
with a bachelor’s diploma in programs engineering. A Gates Cambridge
Scholar, Barron earned a grasp’s diploma in nuclear engineering from the
College of Cambridge in the UK.
As a submarine warfare officer, Barron served aboard the usMaine
(SSBN 741), finishing three strategic deterrent patrols. She got here to
NASA from the U.S. Naval Academy, the place she was serving because the flag aide to the superintendent.
- Zena Cardman calls Williamsburg, Virginia, house. She accomplished a bachelor’s diploma in biology and a grasp’s diploma in marine sciences at The College of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Cardman was a Nationwide Science Basis Graduate Analysis Fellow working at The Pennsylvania State College.
Her analysis centered on microorganisms in subsurface environments,
starting from caves to deep sea sediments. Her area expertise contains
a number of Antarctic expeditions, work aboard analysis vessels as each a
scientist and crew member, and NASA analog missions in British Columbia, Idaho and Hawaii.
- Raja Chari, a U.S. Air Pressure colonel, hails from Cedar Falls, Iowa. He graduated from the U.S. Air Pressure Academy
with bachelor’s levels in astronautical engineering and engineering
science. He continued on to earn a grasp’s diploma in aeronautics and
astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Expertise (MIT) and graduated from the U.S. Naval Take a look at Pilot College in Patuxent River, Maryland.
Chari served because the commander of the 461st Flight Take a look at Squadron and the
director of the F-35 Built-in Take a look at Pressure at Edwards Air Pressure Base
(AFB) in California.
- Matthew Dominick, a U.S. Navy lieutenant commander, was born and raised in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. He earned a bachelor’s diploma in electrical engineering from the College of San Diego and a grasp’s diploma in programs engineering from the Naval Postgraduate College in Monterey, California.
He additionally graduated from the U.S. Naval Take a look at Pilot College. Dominick
served on the usRonald Reagan as division head for Strike Fighter
- Bob Hines, a U.S. Air Pressure lieutenant colonel, attended highschool in Mountaintop, Pennsylvania, however considers Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, his hometown. He has a bachelor’s diploma in aerospace engineering from Boston College
and a grasp’s diploma in flight take a look at engineering from the U.S. Air
Pressure Take a look at Pilot College at Edwards AFB. Hines served as a developmental
take a look at pilot on all fashions of the F-15 whereas incomes a grasp’s in
aerospace engineering from the College of Alabama.
He has deployed in assist of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi
Freedom. Previous to being chosen as an astronaut, he was a Federal
Aviation Administration flight take a look at pilot and a NASA analysis pilot at Johnson.
- Warren Hoburg is initially from Pittsburgh. He earned a bachelor’s diploma in aeronautics and astronautics from MIT, and a doctorate in electrical engineering and laptop science from the College of California, Berkeley.
He’s a industrial pilot, and spent a number of seasons serving on the Bay
Space Mountain Rescue Unit and Yosemite Search and Rescue. Hoburg got here to
NASA from MIT, the place he led a analysis group as an assistant professor of aeronautics and astronautics.
- Dr. Jonny Kim, a U.S. Navy lieutenant, was born and raised in Los Angeles. He enlisted within the U.S. Navy,
then educated and operated as a Navy SEAL, finishing greater than 100
fight operations and incomes a Silver Star and Bronze Star with Fight
V. Afterward, he went on to finish a level in arithmetic on the College of San Diego and a doctorate of drugs at Harvard Medical College. Kim was a resident doctor in emergency drugs at Massachusetts Common Hospital in Boston.
- Jasmin Moghbeli, a U.S. Marine Corps main, considers Baldwin, New York, her hometown. She earned a bachelor’s diploma in aerospace engineering with info expertise at MIT and a grasp’s diploma in aerospace engineering from the Naval Postgraduate College. She is also a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval Take a look at Pilot College. Moghbeli got here to NASA from Yuma, Arizona,
the place she examined H-1 helicopters and served as the standard assurance
and avionics officer for Marine Operational Take a look at and Analysis Squadron
- Loral O’Hara was born in Houston. She earned a bachelor’s diploma in Aerospace Engineering on the College of Kansas and a grasp’s diploma in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Purdue College. Previous to becoming a member of NASA, O’Hara was a Analysis Engineer at Woods Gap Oceanographic Establishment in Woods Gap, Massachusetts, the place she labored on the engineering, take a look at, and operations of deep-ocean analysis submersibles and robots.
- Dr. Francisco “Frank” Rubio, a U.S. Military lieutenant colonel, is initially from Miami. He earned a bachelor’s diploma in worldwide relations on the U.S. Army Academy at West Level, New York, and a doctorate of drugs from the Uniformed Providers College of the Well being Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. Rubio has accrued greater than 1,100 hours as a Blackhawk
helicopter pilot, together with 600 hours of fight and imminent hazard
time. He was serving as a surgeon for the third Battalion of the Military’s
10th Particular Forces Group at Fort Carson, Colorado, earlier than coming to NASA.
- Jessica Watkins hails from Lafayette, Colorado. She graduated from Stanford College in Palo Alto, California, with a bachelor’s diploma in geological and environmental sciences, then went on to earn a doctorate in geology from the College of California, Los Angeles. Watkins has labored at NASA’s Ames Analysis Heart in Silicon Valley, California, and Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, and was a postdoctoral fellow on the California Institute of Expertise, the place she collaborated on NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity.
CSA’s astronaut candidates are:
- Joshua Kutryk, a Royal Canadian Air Pressure lieutenant colonel, is from Beauvallon, Alberta.
He has a bachelor’s diploma in mechanical engineering, in addition to
grasp’s levels in house research, flight take a look at engineering, and protection
research. Previous to becoming a member of CSA, Kutryk labored as an experimental take a look at
pilot and a fighter pilot in Chilly Lake, Alberta, the place he led the unit answerable for the operational flight-testing of fighter plane in Canada.
- Jennifer Sidey-Gibbons hails from Calgary, Alberta. She holds an honors bachelor’s diploma in mechanical engineering from McGill College in Montreal and a doctorate in engineering from the College of Cambridge. Whereas at McGill,
she performed analysis on flame propagation in microgravity, in
collaboration with CSA and the Nationwide Analysis Council Flight Analysis
Laboratory. Previous to becoming a member of CSA, Sidey-Gibbons labored as an assistant
professor in combustion within the Division of Engineering at Cambridge.
All astronaut candidates have accomplished coaching in
spacewalking, robotics, Worldwide House Station programs, T-38 jet
proficiency, and Russian language. On the ceremony, every candidate will
obtain an astronaut pin, marking their commencement from fundamental coaching
and their eligibility to be chosen to fly in house.
As astronauts, they’ll assist develop spacecraft, assist the groups at present in house and in the end be a part of the ranks of solely about 500 individuals who have had the distinction of going into house. NASA continues its work aboard the house station, which, in November 2020, will have fun 20 consecutive years of human occupation. The company is also on the verge of launching astronauts from American soil aboard American industrial spacecraft and getting ready to ship people to the Moon as a part of the Artemis program.