The 2013 group is second only to the 1978 batch of hopefuls. Only a tiny percentage of applicants are selected to become astronauts.

The 2013 group is second only to the 1978 batch of hopefuls. Only a tiny percentage of applicants are selected to become astronauts.

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The acceptance rate for NASA's astronaut applications in 2015 was .08%.

The acceptance rate for NASA's astronaut applications in 2015 was .08%.

Record number of NASA astronaut applications 2/19/16 More than 18,300 people applied to join NASA’s 2017 astronaut class – almost three times the number received in 2012. Astronaut Terry Virts conducts a spacewalk during an orbital sunrise: NASA

Record number of NASA astronaut applications 2/19/16 More than 18,300 people applied to join NASA’s 2017 astronaut class – almost three times the number received in 2012. Astronaut Terry Virts conducts a spacewalk during an orbital sunrise: NASA

The space agency’s beautiful art offers a romantic view of human space travel—but the journey will be far from easy.

The space agency’s beautiful art offers a romantic view of human space travel—but the journey will be far from easy.

04-14 18300 apply to NASA’s Astronaut Corps. How will they... #NASA: 04-14 18300 apply to NASA’s Astronaut Corps. How will they pick… #NASA

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