Want to be an astronaut? Now is a good time to get your resume together, sort out your references and decide whether you have the right stuff to join NASA’s elite corps of space travelers.
“This next group of American space explorers will inspire the Mars generation to reach for new heights, and help us realize the goal of putting boot prints on the Red Planet, ” NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said in a statement. “Those selected for this service will fly on U.S.-made spacecraft from American soil, advance critical science and research aboard the International Space Station, and help push the boundaries of technology in the proving ground of deep space.”
There are 50 active astronauts in NASA program and it is hoping to create an astronaut corps as it readies to send humans to the International Space Station in 2017. NASA is also testing a Space Launch System to take astronauts into deep space aboard the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle.
Want to apply? You can do so here for next astronaut class open on Dec. 14! It is not easy but astronaut pay ranges from $66, 000 to $144, 500 a year. It worth it.
Applicants need a bachelor’s degree in engineering, biological or physical science or mathematics with at least three years of professional experience related to that degree or at least 1, 000 hours of pilot time in a jet aircraft. You’ll also have to meet the physical requirements related to eye sight, blood pressure (no higher than 140/90 while seated) and be between 5 feet 2 inches and 6.25 inches tall.
There are no age restrictions for the program. Astronaut candidates selected in the past have ranged between the ages of 26 and 46, with the average age being 34.
After the first round in the astronaut search, then there will be a week-long process of personal interviews, medical screenings and orientation with the pool being narrowed down until the final astronaut class is announced in June 2017.