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Puerto Rican among new NASA astronaut candidates

NASA announced its 2021 Astronaut Candidate Class on Dec. 6, 2021. The 10 candidates, pictured here at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston are: U.S. Air Force Maj. Nichole Ayers, Christopher Williams, U.S. Marine Corps Maj. (retired.) Luke Delaney, U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Jessica Wittner, U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Anil Menon, U.S. Air Force Maj. Marcos Berríos, U.S. Navy Cmdr. Jack Hathaway, Christina Birch, U.S. Navy Lt. Deniz Burnham, and Andre Douglas.

By The Star Staff

A Puerto Rican, Marcos Berríos, 37, was selected as one of 10 new candidates to be a NASA astronaut.

Berríos, a member of the U.S. Air Force, was among 12,000 aspirants to be an astronaut, according to local press reports.

Berríos has accumulated 110 combat missions and 13,000 hours aboard 21 different airplanes.

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