NASA Astronaut Group 23


Year selected2022 (planned)
← 2017

NASA Astronaut Group 23 is planned to be selected sometime in late 2021 or early 2022, with the class reporting for duty some time in 2022.


NASA announced the creation of this astronaut group in February 2020 and accepted applications for astronaut hires during the month of March 2020. For this class, the educational requirements increased to be at minimum a master's degree in a STEM field (engineering, biological science, physical science, computer science, or mathematics) from an accredited institution; in classes prior to this, a bachelor's degree was all that was required. Additionally, a 2-hour online assessment was required for the first time.[1] Over 12,000 applications were received by NASA, coming from all 50 states plus the District of Columbia and four U.S. territories.[2]

The Group 23 Astronaut Candidates were originally planned to arrive at the Johnson Space Center in Houston for training in the summer of 2021, and when their approximately two-year-long training program is complete, they become available for future missions to the International Space Station in low Earth orbit aboard NASA or commercial crew vehicles, the Moon via the Artemis program, and Mars.[1] However, due to complications with interviewing potential applicants in person due to COVID-19 restrictions at JSC, the announcement of the new class has been pushed back twice:

  • In August 2020, the agency revised the timetable, pushing the final announcement date from summer to late 2021.[3] As of the August 2020 revision, several rounds of interviews were to have been conducted in Houston between February and September 2021, with the announcement of the Class of 2021 in October or November and their arrival at JSC for training in December.[4]
  • In March 2021, the agency again revised the timetable: on-site interviews will be scheduled for summer 2021, with the new class announcement in late 2021 and the new class reporting in 2022.[5][needs update]

The four Emirati astronauts, Hazza Al Mansouri — who already went to space on board Soyuz MS-15 – and candidates Sultan Al Neyadi, Nora Al Matrooshi and Mohammad Al Mulla, selected by the MBRSC will take part in training as international partner astronauts.[6][7]

See also


  1. ^ a b Schierholz, Stephanie. "Explorers Wanted: NASA to Hire More Artemis Generation Astronauts". National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  2. ^ Leinfelder, Andrea. "More than 12,000 apply to be NASA's next class of astronauts". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2 April 2020.
  3. ^ Pearlman, Robert. "NASA delays new astronaut selection due to coronavirus constraints". collectSpace. Retrieved 29 August 2020.
  4. ^ Blodgett, Rachael. "Astronaut Selection Timeline". National Aeronautics & Space Administration. Retrieved 29 August 2020.
  5. ^ Blodgett, Rachael. "Astronaut Selection Timeline". National Aeronautics & Space Administration. Retrieved 19 March 2021.
  6. ^ "MBRSC announces final 14 candidates for the UAE Astronaut Programme".
  7. ^ "UAE names two new astronauts, including first woman candidate | collectSPACE".