Thursday, September 22, 2011

NASA Urged to Hire More Astronauts

The National Research Council is urging NASA to hire more astronauts in order to meet future staffing needs on the International Space Station. According to the ARRL Letter, the NRC report -- which was commissioned by the space agency -- notes the lengthy training period required for new astronauts and says that the current size of the U.S. Astronaut Corps -- 59 -- "poses a risk to the US investment in human spaceflight capabilities."