NASA Astronaut Group 20

NASA Astronaut Group 20 (The Chumps)[1] saw the training of nine mission specialists, and five international mission specialists to become NASA astronauts. These 14 astronauts began training in August 2009 and officially graduated as astronauts on 4 November 2011.

The Chumps
Front row, from the left to right: Jeremy Hansen, Scott D. Tingle, Michael S. Hopkins, Gregory R. (Reid) Wiseman and Mark T. Vande Hei.
Middle row, from the left to right: Jack D. Fischer, Serena M. Auñón, Kathleen (Kate) Rubins and Jeanette J. Epps.
Back row, from the left to right: David Saint-Jacques, Takuya Onishi, Norishige Kanai, Kimiya Yui and Kjell N. Lindgren
Year selected2009
Number selected14

Mission Specialists

International Mission Specialists

See also


  1. "NASA's new astronaut class: call them the "Chumps"". collectSPACE. October 8, 2009. Retrieved October 8, 2009.
  2. NASA HQ (June 29, 2009). "NASA Selects New Astronauts for Future Space Exploration". NASA. Retrieved June 29, 2009.
  3. "2 Canadians picked to launch new careers as astronauts". CBC News. May 13, 2009. Retrieved September 10, 2012.
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