It seems that more than 18,300 people applied to join NASA’s 2017 astronaut class. This is almost three times the number of applications
received in 2012 and far surpassing the previous record of 8,000 in 1978.
Former astronaut, now NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden said "It’s not at all surprising to me that so many Americans want to contribute to our journey to Mars. A few exceptionally talented men and women will become the astronauts chosen in this group who will once again launch to space from U.S. soil on American-made spacecraft.”