The 2013 group is second only to the 1978 batch of hopefuls. Only a tiny percentage of applicants are selected to become astronauts.

Near-record Number of Astronaut Applicants (Infographic)

The 2013 group is second only to the 1978 batch of hopefuls. Only a tiny percentage of applicants are selected to become astronauts.

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Record number of NASA astronaut applications 2/19/16 More than 18,300 people applied to join NASA’s 2017 astronaut class – almost three times the number received in 2012. Astronaut Terry Virts conducts a spacewalk during an orbital sunrise: NASA

Record number of NASA astronaut applications 2/19/16 More than 18,300 people applied to join NASA’s 2017 astronaut class – almost three times the number received in 2012. Astronaut Terry Virts conducts a spacewalk during an orbital sunrise: NASA

The acceptance rate for NASA's astronaut applications in 2015 was .08%.

The acceptance rate for NASA's astronaut applications in 2015 was .08%.

A record number of Americans applied to become a NASA astronaut #Science #iNewsPhoto

A record number of Americans applied to become NASA astronauts

NASA Has An Earth-Shattering Number Of Astronaut Applicants

NASA Has An Earth-Shattering Number Of Astronaut Applicants

Want a job that's out of this world?  NASA looking for a few good astronauts.  NASA is accepting applications Dec. 14 through Feb. 18 for astronaut candidates who want to be among the first humans to land on Mars.

Want a job that's out of this world? NASA looking for a few good astronauts. NASA is accepting applications Dec. 14 through Feb. 18 for astronaut candidates who want to be among the first humans to land on Mars.

You can now officially submit an application to be a NASA astronaut

You can now officially submit an application to be a NASA astronaut

If you want to be a space explorer, you’re one step closer to quitting your day job. NASA is now accepting applications for its astronaut program. It's the first time the space agency has opened up...

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