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    Record Number Apply for New Astronaut Vacancies

    There isn’t enough space. When NASA called for would-be astronauts in 1978 — the first year women were allowed — it received 8,000 applications. That record stood until now, when the latest round attracted more than 18,300 people who want to go to space on NASA’s dime. Following an 18-month review period, higher-ups will choose a handful for the 2017 class, who will then endure two years of training for a chance to blast off on one of the agency’s latest spacecraft or visit the International Space Station.

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