The eight new astronauts are expected to man some of NASA's boldest, most anticipated new missions, including travel to Mars.
Leading candidate Cartes is a member of the conservative Colorado Party, which ruled Paraguay for 61 years, until 2008. Last year the left-leaning president Lugo was impeached.
London 2012 gave Britain a patriotic boost – not to mention spectacular results at the medal table. Not everything, though, was as rosy as hoped.
Both countries voted out single-party systems that ruled their nations for most of the 20th century. But now both are looking to bring back the very same systems they were so relieved to see fall.
After Fernando Lugo's impeachment last week, many question the state of democratic institutions not only in Paraguay, but Latin America as a whole.
Lauded for its economic stability and entrepreneurial opportunities, interns and career changers alike are looking to Latin America to launch their careers.