Friday 9 December 2016

Fancy doing your 9-5 in space? NASA launches astronaut recruitment programme

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 05/11/2015 | 14:55

A NASA spaceship clasting off
Credit: YouTUbe/NASA
A NASA spaceship clasting off Credit: YouTUbe/NASA

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NASA are accepting applications for its astronaut corps from December 14 until mid-February 2016, with the successful candidates being named the following year.

Imagine updating your LinkedIn job position to astronaut!

In order to pave the way for putting humans on the surface of Mars the space agency are conducting regular crewed missions to space.

"This next group of American space explorers will inspire the Mars generation to reach for new heights, and help us realise the goal of putting boot prints on the Red Planet.

"Those selected for this service will fly on US-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," Nasa's chief administrator Charles Bolden said.

 

 

Since NASA ceased recruiting in 2011, the only way to get into space has been to secure a seat aboard the three-person Russian Soyuz capsule and fly from Baikonur in Kazakhstan.

The Soyuz will continue to shuttle people to and from the International Space Station, but other vessels will take over some of the trips.

Boeing and aerospace company SpaceX are in the process of developing the CST-100 Starliner and Crew Dragon spacecraft.

Meanwhile, NASA has announced it's building the Orion deep space exploration vehicle.

In order to be considered, candidates first need to make it into the astronaut corps - with just 47 active members, it's extremely exclusive.

To get to that point they need a bachelor's degree in maths, engineering, biological or physical sciences, and preferably an advanced degree too.

The candidates also need at least three years' professional experience or at least 1000 hours flying experience.

To date, NASA has selected more than 300 astronauts to fly on its increasingly challenging missions.

May the force be with you.

More information on the application process is available at: http://www.nasa.gov/astronauts

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