Astronaut Candidate application submitted

It's done. I've tossed my name in the hopper for consideration as a 2013 NASA Astronaut Candidate. I wish all applicants the best of luck.

While we're all awaiting NASA's decision, check out the following video on astronaut selection and training by friend of this blog Astronaut Jack Fischer, who was selected by NASA in 2009.

01-31-2012 Update:

USA TODAY reports that NASA received a near record of 6,372 applicants to the 2013 astronaut candidate opportunity. That's almost a 100% increase in applications compared with 2009 and is second only to the 1978 selection, which attracted more than 8,000 applicants. Assuming NASA selects between 9-15 new astronauts this time, the chance is only 0.14-0.24%.

This week Robert Zubrin wrote an intriguing op-ed on estimating the worth of an astronaut's life and admonishing NASA for having a culture that is too risk averse. The long-awaited second edition of his bestselling book The Case for Mars: The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must hits bookshelves this week.


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Nothing ventured nothing gained. Condrates on stepping up to the plate.

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Bill Tandy said…
Good luck to you, Brian. They say waiting is the hardest part, but a lifetime of excellence and dedication to your passion is no small feat.
PillowNaut said…
I just came home from Scandinavia, and see from your that you were on my home turf, LOL! Figures. Well, I hope you had a good time. Catching up on blogrolls everywhere and had hoped to see you update the astronaut app process again... good luck and let us know how it goes! :)

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