Out new astronauts are sportspeople, combat pilots, Antarctic explorers, and scuba divers, engineers and doctors, and this includes the women and the men. Thanks to them and the ongoing space programs, both public and private, companies like Lockheed-Martin have listings for 10,000 jobs.
Enough Americans at all income levels are ready to back privatized and NASA projects to near-Earth asteroids and Mars.
Our next steps with NASA and the private companies that make up NASA’s Commercial Crew will be the Asteroid Belt beyond Mars and the moons of Jupiter.
Sir Arthur C. Clarke felt that at least one of Jupiter’s moon would be inhabitable and several space tourist companies would like to build hotels on these moons or floating nearby. I wish we could live long enough to see all this.
The NASA Astronaut Class of 2013 will be participating in the first two missions: asteroid landing and Mission to Mars.
New astronaut classes will be selected in the future, have no doubt.