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Meet NASA's newest class of astronauts

Their dream jobs just became a reality.
NASA astronauts

Welcome NASA's class of 2017.

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Being an astronaut: it’s the dream job of your childhood. And for a few lucky—not to mention highly qualified—Americans, that dream just become reality. On Wednesday, NASA announced the selection of dozen new astronauts from a press conference at the Johnson Space Center. NASA's 22nd class of astronauts, who will boldly go where very few have gone before, were welcomed by acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot, Johnson Center Director Ellen Ochoa, and Flight Operations Director Brian Kelly, along with special guest Vice President Mike Pence.

The new kids

The new astronaut class is composed of five women and seven men, ranging in age from 29 to 42 years old. They call 10 different states home, and include academics, doctors, members of the armed forces, and even a former commercial fisherman and ice driller. The one thing they all have in common? Their list of accomplishments—whether in the academic world, military service, or the professional sphere—are stellar.

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