Wednesday 28 September 2016

Ever wanted to be an astronaut? NASA now accepting applications

Published 15/12/2015 | 14:56

Cmdr Chris Hadfield representing Ireland in space
Cmdr Chris Hadfield representing Ireland in space

NASA are now accepting applications for future astronauts.

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NASA are now accepting applications for the "best job on or off the planet".

NASA held a Reddit AMA in which they answered questions from hundreds of interested people. Read the full Q&A here.

Revealing the posts, NASA said that "the next class may fly on any of four different U.S. vessels during their careers: the International Space Station, two commercial crew spacecraft currently in development by U.S. companies, and NASA’s Orion deep-space exploration vehicle".

NASA was named the 'best place to work in the federal government' for the fourth year in a row. They showed their sense of humour during the AMA, telling one user that "NASA is not going to use their technology to smuggle spice" when asked "how many parsecs would it take for a team to make the Kessel Run" with current technology.

A Bachelors in a STEM field plus three years of experience are needed. A Masters counts as one year of experience while a PhD counts as three.

Potential space travellers must be between 5'2" and 6'3".

The deadline for interested explorers is February 18th.

NASA are only accepting those with U.S citizenship and are directing any interested Europeans to the European Space Agency.

They are also asking that any Chris Hadfield-inspired music videos accompanying applications be hashtagged #BeAnAstronaut on social media.

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