Meet NASA's first astronaut graduates of the Artemis program, eligible for missions to the moon and Mars

The 2017 class includes (top row) Matthew Dominick of NASA, Kayla Barron of NASA, Warren Hoburg of NASA, and Joshua Kutryk of CSA, (middle row) Bob Hines of NASA, Frank Rubio of NASA, Jennifer Sidey-Gibbons of CSA, Jasmin Moghbeli of NASA, and Jessica Watkins of NASA, (bottom row) Raja Chari of NASA, Jonny Kim of NASA, Zena Cardman of NASA, and Loral O'Hara of NASA

(CNN)After more than two years of training, the first class of NASA astronaut candidates under the agency's program to land the first woman and next man on the moon have graduated.

The candidates, selected in 2017, graduated Friday morning during a ceremony at the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston.
The 13 astronauts will be eligible for selection to participate in missions to the International Space Station, Artemis missions to the moon and even manned missions to Mars.
The group includes six women and seven men. Two candidates are from the Canadian Space Agency. The other 11 NASA candidates were selected from an initial pool of more than 18,000 applicants, the agency said.
    As part of the process to become astronauts, the candidates trained in robotics; systems used aboard the space station; exercises that simulate spacewalking; flying T-38 jets; and learning the Russian language due to NASA's partnership with Roscosmos for launches to the space station and talking to Russian astronauts aboard the ISS.
    In addition to being eligible for spaceflight, the astronauts will also support those who are currently in the space station and develop spacecraft for future missions.
    The official NASA biographies provided education and experience details for each of the new astronauts.

    Meet the astronauts

    Kayla Barron is a US Navy lieutenant from Richland, Washington, with a bachelor's degree in systems engineering and a master's degree in nuclear engineering. Barron also served as a submarine war officer.
    Zena Cardman is from Williamsburg, Virginia, and holds a bachelor's degree in biology and master's degree in marine sciences from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Cardman's research includes microorganisms found in environments like caves or even deep sea sediments, and she has conducted several expeditions to Antarctica.
    Raja Chari is a US Air Force colonel from Cedar Falls, Iowa, with bachelor's degrees in astronautical engineering and engineering science as well as a master's degree in aeronautics and astronautics. Chari also graduated from the US Naval Test Pilot School.
    Matthew Dominick is a US Navy lieutenant commander from Wheat Ridge, Colorado, with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and a master's degree in systems engineering. Like Chari, he also graduated from the US Naval Test Pilot School.
    Bob Hines is a US Air Force lieutenant colonel from