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The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said Tuesday a record 4,127 people applied to become astronauts for the agency as it opened recruitment for the first time in 13 years with an eye on sending people to the International Space Station and on U.S.-led lunar exploration missions.

The all-time-high number comes as the agency for the first time dropped the requirement that candidates have a university education. The change was made in the hope of recruiting people with a wide range of experience.

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