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Astronaut requirements are rapidly evolving into private spaceflyers, long-term missions



NASA’s 2017 Class of Astronauts participated in graduation ceremonies at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, on January 10, 2020. This is the first class to graduate under the Artemis program, and 13 astronauts are eligible -should now be for assignments on the International Space Station, Artemis mission on the moon, and finally, mission on Mars. (Image credit: NASA)

Being an astronaut of the 2020s will be completely different than for any astronaut to come before, a panel of spaceflyers said at the virtual International Astronautical Congress Wednesday (October 14).

The spaceflight environment is changing rapidly due to many different factors. The International Space Station (ISS) is driving faster in trade and will soon be accepting more and more space space agencies with commercial crew crews while carrying some private astronauts.


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