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Vice President Promises Support As New Astronaut Candidates Announced

Seven men and five women have been chosen for the Astronaut Class of 2017. Vice President Mike Pence was at the ceremony at the Johnson Space Center, promising that the Trump administration is firmly committed to NASA’s mission.


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Vice President Mike Pence and the Class of 2017 astronauts at the Johnson Space Center

The dozen new astronaut candidates were chosen from more than 18,300 applicants. They were introduced by NASA’s Brian Kelly.

“Next up, we have Loral O’Hara, 34, from Sugar Land, Texas!”

These new astronauts will be doing research on the International Space Station, or traveling to the moon or Mars.

“Loral has her bachelor’s degree and aeronautics and astronautics…”

Vice President Mike Pence says the Trump administration firmly supports NASA’s mission

Vice President Pence promises that NASA will have the resources he says it needs to continue to make history.

“Under President Donald Trump, America will lead in space once again, and the world will marvel!”

Pence says after being disbanded two decades ago, President Trump is relaunching the National Space Council. The council helped marshal energy and skills for America’s initial space exploration. The vice president says he will chair the relaunched council, which will advise the president on space policy. Ed Mayberry, News 88-7.

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