NASA Astronaut Group 22 with Vice President Mike Pence

NASA Astronaut Group 22 (nicknamed "The Turtles") is a group of twelve astronauts selected in June 2017.


NASA announced the creation of this astronaut group in November 2015 and accepted applications for astronaut hires from December 2015 through February 2016.[1] A record number of applications - over 18,300 - were received. The final group of twelve selected candidates was publicly announced on June 7, 2017.[2]

The Group 22 Astronaut Candidates arrived at the Johnson Space Center in Houston for training in August 2017, and when their approximately two-year-long training program is complete, they will be available for future missions.[citation needed]

The class was introduced at a press conference at the Johnson Space Center by U. S. Vice President Mike Pence. The ages of the seven men and five women ranged from 29 to 42 at the time of announcement.[citation needed]



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  2. ^ NASA. "NASA's Newest Astronaut Recruits to Conduct Research off the Earth, For the Earth and Deep Space Missions". NASA. Retrieved June 7, 2017.
  3. ^ NASA astronaut candidate resigns prior to qualifying for spaceflight