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1  In 2017, 12 people were selected 18,300 applications to become to attend NASA astronaut "basic training".

2  Bakery and bread products that are crumbly are not allowed is space because the crumbs might damage the equipment. Instead astronauts eat tortillas.

3  Germs from sneezes don't fall with gravity in space, making it easier for sickness to spread.

4  Astronauts can grow 3 percent taller while living in a no or microgravity state.

5  Astronauts shower in space in an enclosed cylinder and squirt guns because water won't flow without gravity.

6  The International Space Station orbits the earth every 92 minutes so that astronauts see a sunrise or a sunset every 45 minutes.

7  John Glenn was the first American to orbit the earth in a spacecraft and also on his second flight in 1998 at 77 became the oldest person to go to space.

8  It takes more than 500,000 gallons of fuel to get a rocket into orbit.

9  The specially prepared and packaged food that astronauts consume in space is expensive, about $10,000 per pound.

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      Aldrin posing in his spacesuit

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      Mae Carol Jemison

      Mae Carol Jemison (born October 17, 1956) is an American engineer, physician and NASA astronaut. She became the first black woman to travel in space when she served as an astronaut aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour.

    • Neil Armstrong

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      Portrait of Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, commander of the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing mission in his space suit, with his helmet on the table in front of him. Behind him is a large photograph of the lunar surface.

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      Sally Ride joined NASA in 1978 and became the first American woman in space in 1983.

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