Spaced Out

'Eyes fixed, gazing off into space
My mind in awe of the human race
This is all dizzying to me
Because I gave so much blood and pee
Happy to be here, vice the colonoscopy place.”

~limerick by NASA recruit and US Navy  Lt. Commander Victor J. Glover

Glover, a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy, hails from Pomona, Calif., and holds degrees from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, Calif., the U.S. Air Force’s Air University, and the Naval Postgraduate School.

Glover’s impressive resume is typical of the eight individuals chosen to join the ranks of NASA’s illustrious astronaut corps. But while the world is familiar with the rigorous technical qualifications required, Glover’s limerick story offers a rare look into the more personal and subjective qualifications necessary to become an astronaut.

"The other seven new astronaut candidates are Josh A. Cassada, Tyler N. “Nick” Hague, Christina M. Hammock, Nicole Aunapu Mann, Anne C. McClain, Andrew R. Morgan and Jessica U. Meir. The new crew was chosen from among more than 6,000 applicants — the second largest astronaut application pool ever. The 2013 astronaut class also has the highest ratio of female space travelers to male ones in NASA’s history.”

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