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    Now, astronauts were more likely to be scientists

    The following is from World Explorer published by National Geographic:

    Astronauts were changing in another way too. The first American astronauts had been military test pilots. By the early 1980s, that was no longer true. Now, astronauts were more likely to be scientists, chosen for their ability to set up and carry out important experiments aboard the space shuttle. More and more, space officials were opening space to new work and new people.

    I dont understand why now is used in the past simple tense? Would you please explain that to me? Thanks a lot in advance. Id really appreciate it if you could help me.

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    Re: Now, astronauts were more likely to be scientists

    "Now" refers to "by the early 1980s". The reader is expected to put themselves briefly back in the early 1980s. It could be replaced with "By then".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Now, astronauts were more likely to be scientists

    I'd be more concerned about the proposition that "The first American astronauts had been military test pilots" became untrue by the early 1980s. If it is a true statement, it will always be true.

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