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These Are the People NASA is Training to Go to Mars

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These guys and girls could go to Mars. Seriously.

We were all a little bit sad when Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield left the International Space Station. Still, the show must go on. Hadfield may have earned himself a special place in our hearts via Twitter and YouTube, but there are a numerous other individuals just itching for their turn in space. NASA this week introduced us to the eight people that will form the United States' 21st class of NASA astronaut candidates. In other words, these are the lucky men and women that get to go to astronaut school:


Josh Cassada, Victor Glover, Tyler “Nick” Hague, Christina Hammock, Nicole Mann, Anne McClain, Jessica Meir and Andrew Morgan will all report to Johnson Space Center in Houston in August. There they will undergo two years of basic training. This team of potential new astronauts were chosen from 6,000 applicants and are NASA's first trainees in four years. NASA says they'll be prepped for flights to the ISS as well as future missions to an asteroid and even Mars.

"These new space explorers asked to join NASA because they know we’re doing big, bold things here -- developing missions to go farther into space than ever before," said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. "They’re excited about the science we’re doing on the International Space Station and our plan to launch from U.S. soil to there on spacecraft built by American companies. And they’re ready to help lead the first human mission to an asteroid and then on to Mars."

No word on whether or not any of them have a YouTube channel or are on Twitter.

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    marciocattini , June 19, 2013 6:18 AM
    I hope the token black guy doesn't die first :( 
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    SteelCity1981 , June 19, 2013 6:36 AM
    Well at least they got the same amount of women as men so there isn't any fighting on who gets to sleep with who during this long trip. :) 
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    Mike Stewart , June 19, 2013 6:54 AM
    good luck finding any aliens
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    guanyu210379 , June 19, 2013 6:59 AM
    Hmmm...this will be a one-way-trip...I guess...
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    mapesdhs , June 19, 2013 7:09 AM
    I think it was Sir Patrick Moore who said some time ago that the first human to
    step foot on Mars has already been born. Best wishes to all concerned who
    have joined the training programme. Who knows though, it might be someone
    from China or elsewhere who takes those first few Martian steps...


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    dimar , June 19, 2013 7:45 AM
    Why not send all of our current leaders, so they can be the first to setup laws and policies on the new world?
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    PedanticNo1 , June 19, 2013 8:29 AM
    Dear god, no thanks, Dimar.
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    jaber2 , June 19, 2013 9:03 AM
    If you need to send people to Mars send people who will do the work, Mexicans
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    syrious1 , June 19, 2013 10:06 AM
    7 years in space with the same 8 people, I would go insane.
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    jack1982 , June 19, 2013 10:40 AM
    I thought that was Colonel Carter there for a moment :) 
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    warezme , June 19, 2013 11:41 AM
    Colonel Carter is way hotter.
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    ryu750 , June 19, 2013 12:18 PM
    The girls are not bad looking!!!
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    nebun , June 19, 2013 12:23 PM
    such a waste of money....let's say that they do go to mars....what then?
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    ryu750 , June 19, 2013 12:28 PM
    "nebun , June 19, 2013 7:23 PM
    such a waste of money....let's say that they do go to mars....what then?"

    Then we find out how to get them back! duh
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    Mitrovah , June 19, 2013 2:00 PM
    they should have gone with a odd number so in case they start voting who should die first there isn't a split tie
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    Vervs , June 19, 2013 2:34 PM
    Good luck getting alive and well past the radiation field...
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    acadia11 , June 19, 2013 2:36 PM
    "nebun , June 19, 2013 7:23 PM
    such a waste of money....let's say that they do go to mars....what then?"

    Only idiots make comments like the above? Do you know the amount technology and advancement we'd create just trying to figure out how to get to Mars. Do you know the sheer number of things you use everyday because we wanted to go to the moon. Do me a favor and look it up. When human beings solve problems we advance society. F'ing moron. People like should be left in a f'ing cave grunting and sticking sticks up each others a...
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    Vervs , June 19, 2013 2:36 PM
    Good luck getting alive and well past the radiation field...
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    acadia11 , June 19, 2013 2:37 PM
    I saw 3 guys and 1 girls and was about to state the obvious but then I scrolled down and noticed it was 4 guys and 4 girls. Instantly my ideas for the next reality series hit were thrawted.
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    falcompsx , June 19, 2013 3:28 PM
    doesn't NASA need funding for....oh I dont know, a space shuttle... matter just a tad for something like this to be remotely significant? Plans without means are pointless. The US simply doesn't have the budget to make this happen.
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