Iowa native astronaut Raja Chari was selected by NASA to join the 2017 Astronaut Candidate Class. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy with bachelor’s degrees in astronautical engineering and engineering science, and later earned a master’s degree in aeronautics and astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In addition, he graduated from the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School.
At the time of his selection in June 2017, Chari was a colonel in the U.S. Air Force, serving as the Commander of the 461st Flight Test Squadron and the Director of the F-35 Integrated Test Force. He has accumulated more than 2,000 hours of flight time in the F-35, F-15, F-16, and F-18.
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爱荷华州本土宇航员拉贾·查里(Raja Chari)被美国国家航空航天局(NASA)选为2017年宇航员候选人。他毕业于美国空军学院(U.S. Air Force Academy)，获得航天工程和工程科学学士学位，后来在麻省理工学院(Massachusetts Institute of Technology)获得航空航天硕士学位。此外，他毕业于美国海军试验飞行员学校。
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