Amy Adams and Henry Cavill at the ‘Man Of Steel’ NYC Premiere after party at Skylight at Moynihan Station, 10th June, 2013. [x]
NASA Selects 2013 Astronaut Candidate Class
After an extensive year-and-a-half search, NASA has a new group of potential astronauts who will help the agency push the boundaries of exploration and travel to new destinations in the solar system. Eight candidates have been selected to be NASA’s newest astronaut trainees.
The 2013 astronaut candidate class comes from the second largest number of applications NASA ever has received — more than 6,100. The group will receive a wide array of technical training at space centers around the globe to prepare for missions to low-Earth orbit, an asteroid and Mars.
“These new space explorers asked to join NASA because they know we’re doing big, bold things here — developing missions to go farther into space than ever before,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. “They’re excited about the science we’re doing on the International Space Station and our plan to launch from U.S. soil to there on spacecraft built by American companies. And they’re ready to help lead the first human mission to an asteroid and then on to Mars.”
Watch Administrator Bolden’s message about the Astronaut Class of 2013
The new astronaut candidates are:
Josh A. Cassada, Ph. D., 39, is originally from White Bear Lake, Minn. Cassada is a former naval aviator who holds an undergraduate degree from Albion College, and advanced degrees from the University of Rochester, N.Y. Cassada is a physicist by training and currently is serving as co-founder and Chief Technology Officer for Quantum Opus.
Victor J. Glover, 37, Lt. Commander, U.S. Navy, hails from Pomona, Calif., and Prosper, Texas. He is an F/A-18 pilot and graduate of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School. Glover holds degrees from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Calif.; Air University and Naval Postgraduate School. He currently is serving as a Navy Legislative Fellow in the U.S. Congress.
Tyler N. Hague (Nick), 37, Lt. Colonel, U.S. Air Force, calls Hoxie, Kan., home. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, Edwards, Calif. Hague currently is supporting the Department of Defense as Deputy Chief of the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization.
Christina M. Hammock, 34, calls Jacksonville, N.C. home. Hammock holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C. She currently is serving as National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Station Chief in American Samoa.
Nicole Aunapu Mann, 35, Major, U.S. Marine Corps, originally is from Penngrove, Calif. She is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Stanford (Calif.) University and the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School, Patuxent River, Md. Mann is an F/A 18 pilot, currently serving as an Integrated Product Team Lead at the U.S. Naval Air Station, Patuxent River.
Anne C. McClain, 34, Major, U.S. Army, lists her hometown as Spokane, Wash. She is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.; the University of Bath and the University of Bristol, both in the United Kingdom. McClain is an OH-58 helicopter pilot, and a recent graduate of U.S. Naval Test Pilot School at Naval Air Station, Patuxent River.
Jessica U. Meir, Ph.D., 35 is from Caribou, Maine. She is a graduate of Brown University, has an advanced degree from the International Space University, and earned her doctorate from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Meir currently is an Assistant Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.
Andrew R. Morgan, M.D., 37, Major, U.S. Army, considers New Castle, Pa., home. Morgan is a graduate of The U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and earned doctorate in medicine from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Md. He has experience as an emergency physician and flight surgeon for the Army special operations community, and currently is completing a sports medicine fellowship.
The new astronaut candidates will begin training at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston in August.
“This year we have selected 8 highly qualified individuals who have demonstrated impressive strengths academically, operationally, and physically” said Janet Kavandi, director of Flight Crew Operations at Johnson Space Center. “They have diverse backgrounds and skill sets that will contribute greatly to the existing astronaut corps. Based on their incredible experiences to date, I have every confidence that they will apply their combined expertise and talents to achieve great things for NASA and this country in the pursuit of human exploration.”
LOL EXTENSIVE SEARCH Y’ALL DIDN’T EVEN CALL ME
Who am I kidding, I didn’t even apply.
Anne Hathaway & Chris Pine for Teen Vogue 2004
AU where t’pring and kirk are high schoolers and they’re at a diner and t’pring is setting kirk up with spock because their relationship didn’t work out because she’d rather be with stonn instead and and somebody stop me
I’m definitely not going to stop you. Please keep going. *chinhands*
“So we’re here to meet your… fianceé.”
T’Pring raises an eyebrow. “You sound surprised.”
“I’m… you’re… fianceé!” Jim splutters. He retook (and failed) the Kobayashi Maru for the second time yesterday, he’s barely slept, his caffeine kick hasn’t quite set in yet, and his girlfriend has a fianceé. “I thought we were dating!”
“We are. It is quite complicated, with me and Spock. We have no emotion for each other.” She considers her own words for a moment, sips her tea. “Perhaps respect.”
“But… fianceé,” Jim repeats weakly. Why does he like intimidatingly intelligent people who keep their emotions close to the chest. “Does he know you’re dating me?”
“No. He has never met you, the name James Kirk would be quite meaningless to him.” At the look on Jim’s face she adds: “He knows I am seeing a Human male, he does not know it is you specifically. He is, however, quite like you in a few respects and I believe you will find each other… interesting.”
What… is that even supposed to mean.
The coffee shop door jingles open, and before Jim can wrap his head around any of it T’Pring is lifting a graceful arm and efficiently waving the new patron over to their table.
He’s reasonably attractive; with clear grey eyes, unusual for a Vulcan, and tall. T’Pring suddenly looks suspiciously cheerful, in a way Jim isn’t used to seeing.
“Stonn,” she greets him, and her tone is quite formal but her eyes… are not. Huh.
“T’Pring. A fortuitous coincidence.”
Dear God, this one is going to be worse than Jim’s online chess rival. At least ScienceOfficer17 uses chatspeak if the game is getting heated, Stonn here sounds like a simple contraction will crack him in half.
Wait… Stonn? Hadn’t T’Pring said something about a Spock?
“This is Stonn, a childhood friend,” T’Pring says smoothly. “Spock will arrive shortly, I am sure. Sit with us, Stonn.”
The imperative leaves no room for argument, and Stonn looks like he’s only too happy to oblige her anyway.
They start talking as if Jim’s not even there, so he takes the opportunity to chug down some more coffee and hope to wake up enough to handle whatever happens next. T’Pring actually crossed her legs, and she’s resting her head on a hand while smiling faintly at something Stonn seems to be describing in a ridiculously overwrought monotone.
It sounds stupidly boring.
Jim has only been on three dates with T’Pring and he can’t say he knows her very well yet, but… she’s engaged to someone else. That’s pretty much his cue to back the hell out. For God’s sake he gets accused of slutting around enough without arranged marriages getting in the way of—
Well hello there.
Another Vulcan has just walked in. He’s… Stonn was nice-looking and all, but this one is… well. Quite something. Jim is definitely going to be keeping an eye out for this specimen around campus. The coffee shop is famous for it’s alien integration and multi-cultural menus, he should definitely come here more often if this is the kind of clientele—
Oh of course that’s when T’Pring sits up and essentially hails the Vulcan over.
Jim pushes his glasses up his nose and grabs the tiny mug again, as if the meagre last drops will have somehow multiplied and refilled it.
Not enough caffeine in the world.
You did the thing and it is perfect
SCREAMS YOU AHHHH SO GOOD BETTER THAN WHAT I SAW IN MY HEAD
Guys, look at McCoy’s left hand.
He’s wearing a ring on his pinky finger.
He’s wearing a ring on his pinky finger
Fun Fact!: The ring De wears is from his mother Clora. She gave it to him when he was younger, and he never took it off. Ever….
so i started watching en kang en lang, aka the movie where mads mikkelsen has a sexual identity crisis. it was making me too anxious, so after 30 minutes, i skipped to the end to make sure it had a happy ending. i’ll watch the parts in between tomorrow.
it wasn’t a great movie but you know what WAS GREAT
they were everything I wanted them to be.
and i kind of laughed because after last night’s boob-armor debate Faora briefly wore a spacesuit that was shaped like an actual Easter egg with arms and legs