19 Jun '17, 7am

Japan-based Navy pilot among 12 people recruited by @NASA to become astronauts

Japan-based Navy pilot among 12 people recruited by @NASA to become astronauts

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — A Navy pilot based in Japan is among 12 people selected among a record 18,300 applicants to train as a NASA astronaut. Lt. Commander Matthew Dominick, 35, who flies F/A-18 Super Hornets with the Naval Air Facility Atsugi-based VFA-115 Eagles, got the news during a patrol aboard the USS Ronald Reagan. “I’ve always wanted to be an astronaut,” he said Friday at Atsugi, where he was preparing to fly back to the aircraft carrier after a trip to Houston’s Johnson Space Center. “I did what I loved [flying for the Navy] and it helped me get to my goal.” The new class of astronaut candidates, which includes several others with U.S. military ties, was introduced on June 7 in Houston by Vice President Mike Pence. “These are 12 men and women whose personal excellence and whose personal courage will carry our nation to even greater heights of discovery and who ...

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