According to a press release issued by the space agency, NASA is Hiring Astronauts. Candidates may apply online, on usajobs.gov until February 18, 2016.
Anyone interested in becoming an astronaut can ask questions about the application and the selection process on Reddit. Starting 4pm EST today, Anne Roemer, astronaut selection manager and Shannon Walker – NASA astronaut will answer the questions.
The final selection of candidates will be announced during 2017. The lucky future astronauts could have the chance to fly either on one of the two spacecraft owned by NASA – the International Space station or Orion, the deep-space exploration vehicle or on one of the two commercial crew spacecraft, which are currently being developed by Boeing and SpaceX.
In the future, NASA astronauts will be transported to the International Space Station with CST-100 Starliner, constructed by Boeing and with Crew Dragon made by SpaceX.
Orion spacecraft will be launched from Kennedy Space Center with the help of Space Launch System rocket to the lunar orbit. NASA plans to abandon the ISS by 2028 and move its mission into the deeper space, on the lunar orbit. This mission will pave the way for a future mission to Mars.
NASA needs qualified applicants from diverse backgrounds, both men and women, who are interesting in helping the human kind get to the Red Planet. According to LinkedIn, about 3 million of its members have the required studies in fields like engineering, physics and other sciences.
Candidates for the job should have minimum a bachelor’s degree obtained from an accredited institution, in biological science, engineering, mathematics or computer science. Those with an advanced degree have more chances.
Besides the academic requirements, candidates should also have at least three years of professional experience in a related field or a time of minimum 1,000 hours of pilot-in-command in jet aircraft.
There is more – all candidates who wish to become astronauts should pass the long-term physical exams.
Before applying you should consider what it means to live in space. An experience like that might have a dramatic influence over your physical and mental health. Missions on the ISS last for about six months, time spent in microgravity.
Six months spent on the International Space Station affect astronauts in different ways, like stretching their spine, shrinking their muscles, thinning their bones density, causing vision problems, depressing their immune system, messing their senses and coordination and destroying their mental health
Do you still want to become an astronaut? If the answer is yes, hurry up and fill in the application while NASA is hiring astronauts.
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