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.)

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.via NASA

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.via NASA

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.via NASA

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.via NASA

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.via NASA

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.via NASA

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.via NASA

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.via NASA