Purdue alum slated to graduate with NASA's latest astronaut class

Katie Ramirez
January 13, 2020

At the very first public graduation ceremony organized by NASA, the 11 new astronauts received a silver pin, a tradition that dates back to the Mercury 7 astronauts who were selected in 1959.

She will now be eligible for missions to the space station as well as including spaceflight to the moon and Mars. This was the first public graduation ceremony for astronauts the U.S. space agency has ever hosted.

That barge will soon depart for NASA's Stennis Space Center in MS, where the booster will endure a crucial, months-long "green run" test created to demonstrate its fitness to send astronauts to the moon, Mars and other deep-space destinations.

Two astronauts from the Canadian Space Agency managed to make their way into the final roster.

"When I heard about possibly being a NASA astronaut I thought that was a platform like no other where I could leave a huge impact on the next generation and also contribute to our nation's space exploration", Kim told AFP.

Under NASA's new Artemis program, she could be sent on missions to the International Space Station, the first woman on the Moon, or perhaps one of the first humans to set foot on Mars.

He inherited the value of education from his father Sreenivas V. Chari who immigrated from Hyderabad, he said.

NASA selected Chari for the 2017 Astronaut Candidate Class.

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But NASA has now claimed that the staff of the first return Moon goal, Artemis 3, will certainly be chosen from previous grads. It was here that he met his future wife and spent his entire career at John Deere in Waterloo.

He said: "One thing from India that he brought with him was that school and education is a privilege, it's not a right".

Canadian astronauts Jenni Sidey-Gibbons and Joshua Kutryk celebrated Friday the end of their basic training, along with their NASA classmates, during a graduation ceremony at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

He earned a bachelor's degree at the University of San Diego and went on to get his Doctorate of Medicine from Harvard Medical School. "2020 will mark the return of the launch of American astronauts on American rockets from American soil, and will be a year of significant progress for our Artemis program and our missions to the Moon and beyond". NASA's ultimate aim with Artemis is to send humans to Mars and this is likely to take place in mid-2030s. Chari also graduated from the US Naval Test Pilot School.

Raja Chari, a U.S. Air Force colonel, is from Cedar Falls, Iowa.

After being selected in 2017, the class completed training in spacewalking at NASA's underwater Neutral Buoyancy Lab, robotics, the systems of the International Space Station and piloting the T-38 training jet, plus Russian language lessons.

Colonel Hansen, who was supervisor of the new astronaut class during its two-year training, was on hand to congratulate his Canadian colleagues on their achievement, which included learning to perform space walks and practise operating the station's versatile robotic appendage, the Canadarm 2.

Isabelle Tremblay, director of astronauts, life sciences and space medicine at the Canadian Space Agency, said the need also dovetails with challenges faced by small communities across the Arctic that are far from big-city health centres.

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