If you have always dreamed of wearing that space suit, now’s your chance to fulfill that dream! The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) recently announced that they are looking out for the next generation of astronauts to join them.
The recent findings on Mars has prompted scientists to gather more information about the Red Planet. In a new video recently made public, NASA administrator Charles Bolden announced that the next astronaut class would likely be part of the journey to Mars. Bolden mentioned that he was an astronaut himself and that he’s recruiting the “best and brightest Americans” to join him.
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As reported on ABC News, NASA has currently 47 astronauts. This was a small number compared to the 149 astronauts they have ten years ago; which was the “peak of the space shuttle era.”
The site mentioned that new space missions would launch in 2017 and hopefully, will include a visit to “an asteroid in deep space” and the Red Planet by 2030s.
But how can one become an astronaut at NASA?
There were myths such as an astronaut must have military and pilot experience but NASA debunked those. Flying experience would be an advantage though. NASA also made it clear that there are no age restrictions. However, the average age of astronauts is 34.
NASA provided the following requirements:
- An aspiring astronaut must be a US Citizen and have at least a bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Biological Science, Physical Science or Mathematics from an accredited institution. At least three years of professional experience is a must after the degree. An advanced degree is also an advantage.
- Applicant must pass the “NASA long-duration spaceflight physical” which is reported to be similar to military physical exam.
- In addition, “distant visual acuity: 20/200 or better uncorrected, correctable to 20/20, each eye Blood pressure: 140/90 measured in a sitting position Height between 58.5 and 76 inches.”
- For commander and pilot astronauts, at least 1,000 hours pilot-in-command time is needed. Flight test experience is also desirable.
According to the NASA website, they would only be accepting applications from December 14 until mid-February next year. Selected candidates will be announced in mid-2017. Applications will be accepted at: https://www.usajobs.gov.