Governor Abbott Meets With Vice President Pence At Johnson Space Center

June 7, 2017 | Austin, Texas | Press Release

Governor Greg Abbott today met with Vice President Mike Pence at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston where they announced and welcomed the new astronaut candidate class. The newly announced candidates were chosen from more than 18,000 applicants and will spend two years in training before being assigned to various missions.

“It was an honor to join Vice President Pence in announcing the next astronaut class who will lead the world in space exploration,” said Governor Abbott. “Texas has long been at the forefront of innovation and exploration, and the brave men and women at NASA's Johnson Space Center are a true testament to this. Texas wishes all the candidates well in their future work, and I congratulate them on this tremendous accomplishment."

This newly announced class of candidates represents the future human space exploration, and their missions will include performing research on the International Space Station, exploring space on spacecraft built by American companies, and even interplanetary travel using NASA’s new Orion spacecraft and Space Launch System.