NASA Astronaut Group 22

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
The Turtles
Official group portrait
NASA Astronaut Group 22 in september 2019
Year selected2017
Number selected12
← 2013

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 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]

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 was complete in January 2020, they became available for future missions.[3]

The group earned their nickname from the prior astronaut group, "The 8-Balls," as is tradition dating back to "The Mercury Seven" in 1962 which subsequently provided the "Next Nine" with their nickname. They were given this name, for the most part, because of Hurricane Harvey.[4]


Canadian Partner Astronauts[edit]

The U.S. astronauts will train alongside two Canadian astronaut candidates:



  1. ^
  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. ^ Grush, Loren. "NASA's newest astronaut class, the Turtles, become eligible for space missions". The Verge. Retrieved 12 January 2020.
  4. ^ "'Turtles' on a really high post: NASA's new astronauts get their nickname | collectSPACE". Retrieved 2019-10-04.
  5. ^ NASA astronaut candidate resigns prior to qualifying for spaceflight
  6. ^ "2017 Astronaut Candidates Available for Interviews Before Training". NASA. 2017-08-16.