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What does it mean to be a NASA astronaut in the celebrity space age of Elon Musk and Richard Branson?

What does it mean to be a NASA astronaut in the celebrity space age of Elon Musk and Richard Branson? | INTELLIGENT WORLD TODAY | Scoop.it

As soon as this year, NASA expects to end its reliance on Russia and launch American pilots from U.S. soil for the first time since the final shuttle mission in 2011. But this time, the astronauts will fly on rockets unlike any NASA has ever seen — built and operated by companies trying to turn spaceflight into a sustainable business..

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how many Americans realize that without hitching a ride with the Russians - we would not be in space! pretty sad America has gone limp...    another reason to clear out the trash

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Want to be a NASA astronaut? Here's what you need to do

Want to be a NASA astronaut? Here's what you need to do | INTELLIGENT WORLD TODAY | Scoop.it
Starting Dec. 14, NASA will accept applications for the next class of astronaut candidates, some of whom could be involved in a future Mars mission.
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the adventure begins

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NASA's next celestial target needs a name

NASA's next celestial target needs a name | INTELLIGENT WORLD TODAY | Scoop.it
aving delighted the world with its unprecedented and jaw-dropping photos of Pluto in the summer of 2015, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is en route for an encore performance with an icy Kuiper Belt object in 2019. There's only one problem: the current name of the next target, (486958) 2014 MU69, doesn't exactly roll of the tongue. To help with this, NASA is boldly inviting the public to come up with some more memorable alternatives.
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"It" needs a name - NASA wants suggestions...   any ideas?

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NASA's next astronaut class could be the first to go to Mars

NASA's next astronaut class could be the first to go to Mars | INTELLIGENT WORLD TODAY | Scoop.it
The next class of astronauts, set to be chosen in 2017, could be the first crew of people to go to Mars, according to a current NASA astronaut.
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how exciting it must be to be at the beginning of the adventure instead of at the end....

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