Today I am shamelessly re-posting some information recently shared on the AsHos board by an upcoming interviewee who spoke with Teresa Gomez.
There will only be 110 rather than 120 interviewees in the first round. I'm not sure exactly how this will affect the timeline I previously posted. Either 1-2 are being shaved off each group, or one of the groups will not meet altogether.
The first eight groups are already full, but the remaining four groups from 19-30 January still have vacancies.
The Astronaut Selection Office's goal is to notify the last interviewee by 15 January for an interview during the last week of interviews (26 January).
Interviewees will receive additional medical forms to fill out before coming to Houston.
Some of the activities during the interview will include: the formal interview, psychological testing, medical records review with a flight doctor, assessment on a new robotics system, a brief physical, some spaceflight exercises, and of course the informal, social gathering.
In case there was any doubt, Ms. Gomez confirmed that NASA will pay for the whole interview trip.
As for me, there is still no news to report. It's a nail-biter to be sure!
I'd also like to share an insightful Houston Chronicle article by Steve Lindsey of the NASA Astronaut Office that offers a defense of the Constellation/Ares program and the reasons NASA isn't opting for a commercial launch vehicle at this time.