Surgeon, scientist named Japan’s first new astronauts in 13 years

JAPAN’s space agency Jaxa named its first new astronaut candidates in over 13 years today, with a surgeon and a climate scientist chosen from more than 4,000 applicants.  

Ayu Yoneda, a 28-year-old surgeon for Tokyo’s Japanese Red Cross Medical Center, will become just the third woman ever to join the space training programme. Japan’s six current astronauts are all men.