NEW CASTLE —
A former New Castle man could be among the first to set foot on Mars.
Dr. Andrew Morgan, 37, is among eight selected by NASA for this year’s astronaut candidate class. The eight-member group — four men and four women — were selected from more than 6,300 applicants.
According to the Associated Press, Morgan was born in Morgantown, W.Va., and grew up in New Castle. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. He earned a medical doctorate from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md., and was a flight surgeon for the Army special operations community.
The father of four is now an emergency physician practicing in Fort Belvoir, Va. He is a son of Dr. Richard and Janice Morgan of Neshannock Township. His grandmother, Betty Kay Maher, also lives in Neshannock Township.
Morgan and the seven other candidates will report to the Johnson Space Center in Houston for training in August. Missions could include commercial space flights as early as 2017 and a potential trip to Mars.
The New Castle News has been in contact with Morgan’s family and will share an in-depth profile later this week.
Meet all eight members of the 2013 astronaut candidate class.