US Aims to Bolster Flagging Astronaut Corps

Monday, 12 Sep 2011 09:50 AM

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
NASA has hung out the help wanted sign. Despite the fact that the space agency currently has no space vehicle they are in need a few more astronauts, The Washington Post reported.

The 59 astronauts represent a decrease from 150 10 years ago, and NASA needs about six more to maintain its presence on the international space station. It also needs the astronauts to be ready for the next generation of space flight, a National Research Council report concluded.

“The Astronaut Corps appears to be sized below the minimum required,” according to the report, which also noted that the current number of astronauts “poses a risk to the U.S. investment in human spaceflight capabilities.” Space training takes about two and half years, with about four months spent in Russia training on the Soyuz and learning Russian, the report said.

“New astronauts are needed in the pipeline,” Wayne Hale, a former space shuttle launch director who reviewed the report, told the Post. “It takes quite a while to train people for human spaceflight.”

Four to six astronauts must be sent to the space station each year, and others also are needed to work with the commercial companies building new space vehicles. Two Americans, three Russians, and a Japanese crew member are on the space station, the Post reported

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Poll: Most Oppose Legal Rights, Benefits for Illegal Immigrants

Wednesday, 01 Oct 2014 13:10 PM

A significant majority of Americans say that incoming illegal immigrants should not be given the same legal rights or go . . .

Traditional Media Part of Problem in Losing America's Trust

Wednesday, 01 Oct 2014 13:00 PM

Former investigative reporter and producer Lowell Bergman observed, "You can have all the information you want in the wo . . .

Politico Report Rips Culture at Secret Service

Wednesday, 01 Oct 2014 12:36 PM

It is getting harder to defend the foibles of the U.S. Secret Service, an agency tasked with protecting the president bu . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved