Meet NASA’s Astronaut Class Of 2013 Say hello to the future of American spaceflight! (For more on how this crop was selected, click here.) By Dan Nosowitz June 18, 2013 Technology SHARE NASA Josh A. Cassada A physicist by training, Cassada is currently the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer for Quantum Opus. He’s also a former naval aviator and Ph.D, originally from Minnesota. Victor J. Glover Currently a Navy Legislative Fellow in Congress, Glover is a former F/A-18 pilot from Pomona, California. His rank in the U.S. Navy is Lt. Commander. Tyler N. Hague Tyler N. Hague, who hails from Kansas, has the longest current title of any of the 2013 astronaut class: he’s serving the Department of Defense as Deputy Chief of the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization. Or, the DoD as DC of the JIEDDO. We’re sure somebody has said that before. Christina M. Hammock From Jacksonville, North Carolina, Hammock has a pretty awesome job currently: station chief at NOAA’s outpost in American Samoa. Sweet! A tour as an astronaut might be one of the only things that could top that. Nicole Aunapu Mann Like Victor J. Glover, Mann is a former F/A-18 pilot, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School. She’s originally from Penngrove, California. Anne C. McClain McClain, unlike any of the other astronauts on this list, attended school (after her initial run at West Point) out of the country. She’s got degrees from both the University of Bath and the University of Bristol, in the U.K., though she’s originally from Spokane, Washington. Jessica U. Meir Meir has a medical rather than a military background; she’s currently an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School in Massachusetts General Hospital, has a doctorate from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and degrees from both Brown University and the International Space University, the latter of which I did not know existed but am now painfully curious about. Andrew R. Morgan Morgan has both a military and a medical background; he’s a graduate of West Point, but has a doctorate in medicine, experience as a physician and flight surgeon, and is completing a fellowship in sports medicine. Sounds like a good guy to have on the space station next to you. astronauts nasa Technology MORE TO READ RELATED Apple AirTag: 8 common questions answered Digging into some frequently asked questions about Apple AirTag including how to get the battery out. READ NOW RELATED Take control of your computer’s annoying pop-up notifications Save your productivity. And your sanity. RELATED 24 iPhone settings that feel like secrets Dig deeper into iOS.