White Bear Lake, Minn., native among 8 new NASA astronauts - KMSP-TV

White Bear Lake native among 8 new NASA astronauts

Josh Cassada, 39 Josh Cassada, 39
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -

A Minnesota native is among NASA's new class of eight astronauts.

Josh Cassada, 39, is originally from White Bear Lake. Cassada is a former naval aviator who currently serves as co-founder and chief technology officer for Quantum Opus.

Four of the eight new astronauts are women, the highest percentage of female astronaut candidates ever selected by NASA.

The eight were chosen from more than 6,000 applications received early last year, the second largest number ever received. They will report for duty in August at Johnson Space Center in Houston and join 49 astronauts currently at NASA.

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said these new candidates will help lead the first human mission to an asteroid in the 2020s, and then Mars, sometime in the following decade.

 

Online:

NASA: http://www.nasa.gov/astronauts/2013astroclass.html

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Powered by WorldNow

KMSP-TV
11358 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 944-9999
Fax: (952) 942-0455

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices