If you have been dreaming of leaving Earth for outer space or become an astronaut, then now may be your chance to accomplish just that.
The Verge reports that NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) is now accepting public applications for its astronaut program. According to the website, this is the first time the space agency is doing this since it last opened applications back in 2011.
One can visit USAJOBS.gov here to submit an online application for the astronaut vacancy. In this page, it is specified that the Astronaut Candidate will be under agency with Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center and that there are only a few vacancies available in Houston, Texas.
The job announcement also contains the job summary and the salary range of the position, which is set at $66,026.00 to $144,566.00 annually.
However, despite the job announcement being made available publicly, aspirants must be aware of the strict requirements to qualify for the position. The Verge does a video of these requirements which you can watch here.
The Verge details in the video that applicants must be able to pass the NASA Astronaut Physical which requires candidates to have a perfect 20/20 vision and good blood pressure which should be less than or equal to 140/90. A candidate must also be between 62 to 74 inches tall.
Apart from the required physical characteristics, The Verge also details that a successful candidate must have a Bachelor’s Degree from a reputable institution in Biological Science, Engineering, Mathematics, or Physical Science. On top of that, the website details that a candidate must have three years worth of professional experience and he or she must be a United States citizen.
If you think you have pass all these requirements, you have time to submit your application to NASA until February 18, 2016.
Mashable projects that NASA will be announcing the names of the successful applicants by the middle of 2017.