If you have ever been envious of astronauts and entertained a life dream of exploring space, now is your opportunity to become a NASA astronaut. US citizens who qualify may apply to become an astronaut today by visiting https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/423817000
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Candidates can continue to submit their applications up till February 18, 2016.
To ask any questions related to submitting an application or to seek clarifications concerning the job and candidate selection process, you can visit http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/ as from 4 pm EST today to speak to astronaut selection manager Anne Roemer and NASA astronaut Shannon Walker on Reddit.com
Final candidates selected for the space program will be announced by mid-2017. These will have the opportunity of flying on US spacecrafts to the International Space Station (ISS), and on NASA’s Orion deep-space exploration vehicle to Mars or to some other space destinations.
“NASA is on an ambitious journey to Mars and we’re looking for talented men and women from diverse backgrounds and every walk of life to help get us there,” said NASA Administrator and former astronaut Charles Bolden.
“Today, we opened the application process for our next class of astronauts, extraordinary Americans who will take the next giant leap in exploration. This group will launch to space from U.S. soil on American-made spacecraft and blaze the trail on our journey to the Red Planet.”
Those going to the ISS will take off from Florida’s Space Coast on Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX’s Crew Dragon; and those selected for Mars visit will launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida aboard Orion, dispatched from NASA’s Space Launch System rocket.
“NASA’s mission, and what we need from the astronauts helping to carry it out, has evolved over the years,” said Brian Kelly, director of Flight Operations at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. “Some people would be surprised to learn they might have what it takes. We want and need a diverse mix of individuals to ensure we have the best astronaut corps possible.”
Those that have a chance of being selected include astronaut candidates who are US citizens with engineering, science, and medical backgrounds. These must have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of learning for mathematics, computer science, biological science, physical science, and engineering.
Potential candidates must also possess a minimum of 3 years professional experience in the listed field, or a minimum of 1,000 hours pilot-in-command experience flying in a jet aircraft. And then, the chosen candidates must all pass NASA-given long duration physical tests.
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For more information about a career as an astronaut, and application requirements, visit http://www.nasa.gov/astronauts