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NASA Sees Unusually High Number Of Astronaut Applications
2012-02-03 13:19:17

Astronauts may not be as famous as the great Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong these days, but it hasn't stopped individuals from applying to the U.S. space agency. NASA received its second highest number of astronaut applications between November 15, 2011 and January 27, with 6,300 individuals applying. "This is a great time to join the NASA family," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said in a statement. "Our newest astronauts could launch aboard the first commercial rockets to the space...

2011-06-21 15:47:00

HOUSTON, June 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA astronaut and U.S. Navy Capt. Mark Kelly has announced his plans to retire from the agency on Oct. 1. He is a veteran of four space shuttle missions. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) "We salute Commander Mark Kelly and his contributions to NASA as an extremely accomplished member of the astronaut corps and the final commander of the space shuttle Endeavour," said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. "We...

2011-03-25 09:17:00

HOUSTON, March 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On March 31, NASA takes over the Texas Capitol for "Space Day at the Capitol." It's a space exploration celebration as big as the Lone Star State featuring out-of-this-world space exhibits, educational presentations for students, astronaut appearances, legislative proclamations and the rare chance to touch a piece of an almost 4-billion-year-old moon rock. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Activities at the...

2009-07-01 12:00:00

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., July 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Two flight surgeons supporting Wyle and its NASA Bioastronautics Contract have been selected for the next astronaut class. NASA announced last week that Dr. Kjell Lindgren and Dr. Serena Aunon, both assistant professors at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health, are among nine new astronauts selected from a pool of 3,565 applicants. UTMB is one of Wyle's major subcontractors on its...

2009-06-29 10:53:00

HOUSTON, June 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After reviewing more than 3,500 applications, NASA has selected nine people for the 2009 astronaut candidate class. They will begin training at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston this August. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) "This is a very talented and diverse group we've selected," said Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for Space Operations at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "They will join our...


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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Astronaut -- An astronaut is a person who travels into space, or who makes a career of doing so. The early astronauts had all previously been test pilots, but later astronauts have included scientists and physicians, journalists, and politicians. As far as is possible, all conditions to be encountered in space are simulated in ground training. Astronauts are trained to function effectively in cramped quarters while wearing restrictive spacesuits; they are accelerated in giant...

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lambent
  • Licking.
  • Hence Running along or over a surface, as if in the act of licking; flowing over or along; lapping or bathing; softly bright; gleaming.
This word comes the Latin 'lambere,' to lick.
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