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spaceman1953
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posted 07-30-2009 07:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman1953   Click Here to Email spaceman1953     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I sure don't care for that term "ascans". Sounds like something Pete or Wally would come up with, though.

They all look sharp and ready for action. Godspeed to them all!

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posted 07-31-2009 12:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for eurospace   Click Here to Email eurospace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What day exactly will they report to the Johnson Space Center? I think of sending in covers to the post office to commemorate the event.

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posted 08-01-2009 11:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The new ascans are scheduled to report to JSC on August 17.

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The 2009 class (including 9 U.S., 2 JAXA and 2 Canadian ascans) are scheduled to have their official portraits taken early next week.

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posted 08-23-2009 12:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fra Mauro   Click Here to Email Fra Mauro     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The way things are going they might be NASA's last class of astronauts!

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posted 08-24-2009 04:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ASCAN1984   Click Here to Email ASCAN1984     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have felt from the beginning that this class is one that NASA just does not care about as much. A kind of modern XS 11 or Dyna-Soar group. Just not at all fair. Where's the fanfare that the other classes had? For example, the 2004 class had Space Day.

Robert Pearlman
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The 2009 ascans will be introduced today (August 24) at the Johnson Space Center to employees and the media in Houston before heading off for survival training in Maine.

NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC is also planning an event to celebrate the class in late September.

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posted 08-24-2009 04:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ASCAN1984   Click Here to Email ASCAN1984     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
The 2009 ascans will be introduced today (August 24)...
What a great birthday gift.

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When they were selected back in June, I read in some press reports that these new ascans would train for lunar missions. Putting aside the NASA hyperbole, the best they can hope for is 6-month stays aboard the ISS.

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Hyperbole aside, at the moment, the Moon is between 15 and 20 years away based on current funding levels, which, granted is beyond the time line initially set forth, but could still be within these ascans' careers.

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posted 08-24-2009 11:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fra Mauro   Click Here to Email Fra Mauro     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Maybe NASA should accept applicants right out of high school so they will live long enough to return to the Moon at the rate we are going.

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I would not rule out the possibilty that some of the new nine may be involved with flights beyond Low Earth Orbit, but it's improbable. To follow up on the point made by Fra Mauro, my real surprise is that NASA selected ascans mostly in their 30s and 40s. Why? For the sake of longevity, it would have made more sense to recruit people in their early to mid 20s in leiu of recent developments. And the writing was on the wall for quite some time.

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posted 08-25-2009 10:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fra Mauro   Click Here to Email Fra Mauro     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Maybe NASA is hoping for the best. At the least there will be a few missions to the ISS.

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posted 08-27-2009 04:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lou Chinal   Click Here to Email Lou Chinal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Maybe the most important seat they will occupy is not on a spacecraft, but in front of a congregational budget hearing.

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posted 08-31-2009 03:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ASCAN1984   Click Here to Email ASCAN1984     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
The 2009 ascans will be introduced today (August 24)
Are there any photographs of this event?

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Yes, there are photos of the ASCANs that are available on the JSC Imagery Online website. I just checked...

However, I was told that there were ZERO media organizations in attendance at the event due to some miscommunication. I'm not sure what happened but no press attended.

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The Human Spaceflight Gallery has a new category for the 2009 ascans.

Currently there are two photos taken during survival training.

The lack of media can be partially, if not entirely attributed to the timing of the event, which was scheduled for the morning before the first launch attempt for STS-128. Most of the NASA press corps were in Florida as a result.

The scheduling was unfortunate but unavoidable as the class departed for survival training the next day.

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Per NASA Constellation's (@NASA_Explore) Twitter update:
NASA's newest astronaut class is touring Constellation facilities at JSC in Houston today.
They have shared some photos (high resolution not available):

NASA's newest astronauts and some international astronauts learning about the vaccuum chamber where we get things ready to go to space.
New NASA astronaut candidates Serena and Mike preview their new spaceship, Orion, inside a mockup at JSC.
NASA's newest astronauts get a briefing inside an inflatable lunar habitat concept at JSC.

Robert Pearlman
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Individual photos of the 2009 ascans from the August 24th Johnson Space Center ceremony are now on the Human Spaceflight gallery.

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posted 09-23-2009 12:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ASCAN1984   Click Here to Email ASCAN1984     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The official NASA biographies are now available. They are very similar to the ones given when the names were released. Hope the official portraits are released soon.

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Many more photographs (in screen resolution only) are now available from the 2009 ascans survival training.
Pictured in the wilderness of western Maine, NASA’s newest astronaut class didn’t take long to get out “in the field” soon after reporting Aug. 24 to Houston’s NASA Johnson Space Center to begin a two-year training program. Shown on Aug. 26 with two new astronaut candidates representing both the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the Canadian Space Agency, and with a few other trainees, are the nine NASA astronaut candidates. The group did four days of Land Survival Training at the Naval Air Station in Brunswick, Maine. They will continue training for the next two years before individually becoming eligible for spaceflight assignments.

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NASA Langley Research Center's Researcher News
Newest Astronauts Walk Where Pioneer Predecessors Did at Langley

Jack Fischer flew F-22 Raptors at Langley Air Force Base but didn't have a clue about what was going on the other side of the fence.

Reid Wiseman flew F-18 Super Hornets at Oceana and had an idea about some of the things done at NASA's Langley Research Center, but had never been to the facility.

"My daughter's really interested in NASA," he said. "She loves the Air and Space Center. I'm not sure whether she liked that best or the ride through the (Hampton Roads) tunnel."

Wiseman's daughter is three.

Fischer, Wiseman and the rest of the Astronaut Candidate Class of '09 -- the first such class in five years -- got an introduction to Langley on Thursday during a tour of the facility, and they were particularly awed while at the Gantry. Once in the class they instantly become part of NASA history and so are aware of those who went before them, beginning on April 9, 1959, when Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, John Glenn, Walter Schirra, Scott Carpenter, Deke Slayton and Gordon Cooper were announced as the first American astronauts.

All of them trained at Langley.

"I wasn't alive for Apollo, but I know about it," Wiseman said, obviously impressed with the Gantry. "Everybody who's ever stepped on the moon trained here."

"I want to be in there," said Fisher after viewing a video of Neil Armstrong and others training on the facility.

It's not likely, at least for a long while, but the candidates are young -- Fischer is 35, Wiseman 33 -- so "who knows?" said Duane Ross, the manager of Astronaut Candidate Selection and Training at Johnson Space Center in Houston. "If they're around long enough, they could be part of Constellation."

For now, they're part of the astronaut crew that's being taught to work on the International Space Station. That training began with a bonding exercise in which they went through the Navy's Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape regimen in northern Maine.

From now until May, 2011, they will receive 39 weeks of space station systems training, plus robotics training, extra-vehicular activity training and some flight time for those who aren't pilots. "Oh, and we're going to teach 'em Russian," Ross said.

The Russian lessons replace the 54 weeks once allowed for space shuttle training, an unnecessary skill with the shuttle being retired. The new language skills will prepare the astronauts to travel in the Russians' Soyuz to the International Space Station.

The nine members of the U.S. contingent in the class were chosen from 3,535 applicants. Like so many other government positions, you could apply through usajobs.gov.

"But that's just us," Ross said. "We have two Canadians and three Japanese. That 14 people out of about 10,000."

On Thursday, the class was introduced to Langley's work in aeronautics, atmospheric science and flight test hardware, along with the National Transonic Facility, structure and materials and the NASA Engineering and Safety Center. Added to that was another walk down the agency's memory lane, to the Hangar, where the Rendezvous Docking Simulator hangs from the ceiling, a reminder of those who trained in it, and of Buzz Aldrin, who joined Armstrong on the moon during Apollo 11, and who used the facility in research for his doctoral thesis.

"That we're able to be a part of all of this is inspiring," said Fischer, an Air Force major who is giving up a pilot's first love -- flying the Raptor -- for "something bigger: being part of helping the entire world."

Wiseman, a lieutenant commander in the Navy, agreed.

"It's a new challenge," said Wiseman, who learned of his selection to the class while flying close-air support to NATO troops in Afghanistan, and who continued to fly sorties until the Navy could separate him for astronaut duty.

"I'm like a kid," he said, laughing. "I wanted to fly, and I've wanted to an astronaut since I was a kid. So I can keep being a kid."

A particularly select kid in a new job that could keep him busy for a long time.

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posted 09-28-2009 08:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for thump   Click Here to Email thump     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The 14 ascans were at the downtown National Air and Space Museum, unannounced, for a tour, Tuesday, Sept. 22...

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NASA's new astronaut class: call them the "Chumps"

Since reporting to the Johnson Space Center in mid-August to begin training, NASA's nine new astronaut candidates and five international trainees from Canada and Japan have been referred to collectively as either the 2009 class of astronaut candidates ("ascans") or NASA's 20th group of trainees.

As of earlier this month though, the 14 can be called the "Chumps".

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Hmmm, thinking back to a line from the Clint Eastwood movie Heartbreak Ridge, their tagline could be:

"The few, the proud, the Chumps!"

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Yesterday, the 2009 astronaut class, the "Chumps", graduated and received their silver pins. @Astro_DavidS (David Saint-Jacques) tweeted today:
Big day yesterday: grad of the 20th Astro Class! @Astro_Jeremy [(Jeremy R. Hansen)] and I got our Silver pin.

Congrats to the 2011th Graduating Class!

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Here they (all) are cutting their graduation cake...

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posted 11-06-2011 10:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MSS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is Mike Hopkins missing at this photo?

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posted 11-06-2011 01:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for brianjbradley   Click Here to Email brianjbradley     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Training for flight! The first of the 2009 scheduled to fly.


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