Earlier today, I spoke with NPR's Jacki Lyden on All Things Considered about my astronaut ambitions and the current NASA astronaut selection. Bracketed by great soundbytes from Star Trek and 2001: A Space Odyssey, the story addressed the future of NASA and tackles how commercial space endeavors will usher in a new era of human space exploration. Other people interviewed in the 11-minute segment include astronauts John Grunsfeld and Michael López-Alegría. Listen here:
One of the things we talked about during the interview was how competitive it is to become an astronaut. Here's how the current selection is shaping up compared with the last one in 2008-2009:
While I had hoped that the additional items added to my resume over the past four years would have bumped me into at least the Interview category this time, I am honored to have made it to the Highly Qualified group somewhere within the top 1.9-7.5% of applicants. After all, with the number of applicants in 2012 nearly doubling compared with 2008, the chance of winning the astronaut lottery is much slimmer. In the meantime, please vote for me in the Axe Apollo Space Academy!
I'll close with some fun videos on life in space by current ISS Commander Chris Hadfield:
17 June 2013 Update: Added the correct numbers for the 2013 ASCAN class (49 finalists and 8 selected).