More than 18,300 people applied to be NASA astronauts this year

February 19, 2016 7:19 PM

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More than 18,300 people applied to be NASA astronauts this year

The space agency announced Friday that it received more applications than ever before for their astronaut corps: More than 18,300 people applied for the most recent call for astronauts.

“We have our work cut out for us with this many applications,” Brian Kelly, director of Flight Operations at NASA's Johnson Space Center, said in a statement.

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