NASA Scientists For Mars Mission: The US has prepared 13 new astronauts to maintain their reign in the world of space. It consists of 11 Americans, one of Indian-origin astronaut Raja Chari and two of Canadian descent. It has seven male and six female astronauts. The women in this team will step on the moon in 2024 under the Artemis mission, while in 2030, one of these astronauts will step on Mars for the first time.
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The grand graduation ceremonies were held for the first time at the US space agency Johnson Space Center on Friday in which they were introduced to the world. 13 astronauts have been selected from more than 18 thousand applications. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said that ‘all these astronauts will get the world to do their job based on the 2024 and 2030 missions’. All NASA scientists will help build spacecraft and the scientists present in space. All these people are included in the select list of 500 astronauts who will get a chance to go on space travel in the future.
First male astronaut of Indian origin
Many people of Indian origin work for the US space agency NASA. But as an astronaut, Indian scientists of Indian origin were the first to win. In this, the names of Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Williams are written in golden letters. Chari is the first man of Indian origin to work as an astronaut for NASA.
Chari’s father was from Hyderabad
Space scientist Raja Chari’s father Srinivasa Chari was a resident of Hyderabad. He moved to the US in the 1970s after studying engineering at Osmania University. After completing his Masters, he married Peggy Chari and Raja was born on 25 June 1977. Srinivas Chari died in 2010 at the age of 67.
Degree in aeronautics from MIT
Raja Chari graduated in Astronautical Engineering from the US Airforce Academy. After this, he has mastered Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The Navy pilots are trained in school. Before joining NASA, take up in the American Airforce. He was a colonel and commander of 461 Flight Test Squadron and a director of F-35 Integrated Test Force.
The training lasted for two years
The training of thirteen scientists lasted for about two years. During this time, all the scientists have been briefed about the specifics of space, along with information about spacewalk, robotics, and International Space Station System. In addition, T-38 jets and Russian language training have been imparted.
NASA has 48 astronauts
NASA currently has 48 astronauts who are fully active. NASA may release more applications in the coming times to increase this number. NASA’s plan is to convert this figure into hundreds over the next decade to accelerate the world of space science.
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