NASA to bolster their ranks with new deep space astronaut recruiting push

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Nov 5, 2015, 2:23 PM EST (Updated)

Thinking about an adventurous career change?  Consider joining the intrepid ranks of NASA's new deep-space astronaut program as the govenment space agency hopes to gather qualified applicants for future exploration missions outside our immediate cosmic neighborhood. Never mind that you most likely will need multiple advanced degrees in astrophysics, mathematics, engineering or computer science and extensive military flight training in jet aircraft.  The exhaustive selection process, psychological testing and physical demands alone will most likely rule you out before you ever inhale a whiff of rocket fuel on the launch pad, but it's worth a try.

Starting on Dec. 14, NASA will start taking applications for its big recruitment effort, with prospective candidates able to take part in a wide range of NASA missions and be involved in the development of next-generation spacecraft, including the International Space Station, the SpaceX Dragon and NASA’s deep space explorer, part of NASA’s Next Giant Leap program.  With just 47 astronauts currently on the active roster, the opportunity to be a cosmic explorer has never been better.  Think you have the right stuff?


Here are some of the requirements from NASA's job posting site:

Astronaut candidates must have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in engineering, biological science, physical science or mathematics. An advanced degree is desirable. Candidates also must have at least three years of related, progressively responsible professional experience, or at least 1,000 hours of pilot-in-command time in jet aircraft. Astronaut candidates must pass the NASA long-duration spaceflight physical.

All this employment activity is in preparation for the return to human spaceflight in the near future and the exciting buildup for a voyage to Mars.  NASA will be accepting applications from Dec. 14 through mid-February and expects to announce candidates selected in mid-2017.  Could your name make the final cut?

(Via The Mary Sue)

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