Commissioning Week

Naval Academy grad, aide one of 12 new astronaut candidates

Naval Academy grad, aide one of 12 new astronaut candidates

When the call from NASA came, Lt. Kayla Barron wasn't able to take it — or even hear it.

As an aide to the superintendent of the Naval Academy, Barron was on the review stand for the color parade, one of the highlights of commissioning week in Annapolis and held on May 25 this year, calling off the multiple gun salutes.

But when she got free, Barron learned the news: She was one of 12 members of NASA's newest class of astronaut candidates, selected from the space agency's largest applicant pool ever of more than 18,300 aspirants.

"I was just over the moon," Barron said Thursday.

Which is literally where she may be headed after two years of astronaut...

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