- Category: Tech & Science
- Published Friday, February 19, 2016
- CTV News
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Space travel never looked so good.
NASA announced Friday it received a record number of applicants -- some 18,300 -- for its next astronaut class.
The odds of getting picked are small; only eight to 14 Americans will be chosen. NASA expects it will take 1 1/2 years to whittle down the list.
Like the eight-member Class of 2013, the future astronauts will train to fly to the International Space Station on capsules under development by SpaceX and Boeing, as well as on NASA's Orion spacecraft intended for deep-space exploration.
The two-month application period closed Thursday.