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The Naval Postgraduate School has graduated 44 astronauts, more than any other graduate school in the country. NPS has been preparing future astronauts through space-related research and technology since 1959.

NPS’s Space Systems Academic Group was established in 1982 in response to increasing defense reliance on space systems for navigation, communications, and intelligence gathering. Supported by robust, hands-on research, this highly interdisciplinary curriculum has two tracks: space-systems engineering and space-systems operations. These curricula represent the primary avenue by which Navy and Marine Corps officers become space professionals and an alternative path for Air Force and Army officers on their way to space.

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