NASA’s latest class of astronauts just graduated recently, and now the space agency is looking to recruit its next class. NASA has just announced that it is accepting applications for the next batch of astronauts, and the requirements are pretty strict. Most people would not be able to fulfill them, but there are plenty of motivated people out there that will.
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a statement, “We’re celebrating our 20th year of continuous presence aboard the International Space Station in low-Earth orbit this year, and we’re on the verge of sending the first woman and next man to the Moon by 2024.” NASA is well known for spearheading the International Space Station, sending multiple rovers to Mars, its countless array of environmental satellites, and most importantly – the Apollo missions that sent the first men to the moon.
According to NASA, The basic requirements to apply include United States citizenship and a master’s degree in a STEM field, including engineering, biological science, physical science, computer science, or mathematics, from an accredited institution. The requirement for the master’s degree can also be met by:
- Two years (36 semester hours or 54 quarter hours) of work toward a Ph.D. program in a related science, technology, engineering or math field;
- A completed doctor of medicine or doctor of osteopathic medicine degree;
- Completion (or current enrollment that will result in completion by June 2021) of a nationally recognized test pilot school program.
Candidates also must have at least two years of related, progressively responsible professional experience, or at least 1,000 hours of pilot-in-command time in jet aircraft. Astronaut candidates must pass the NASA long-duration spaceflight physical.
Jim Bridenstine continues in his statement, “For the handful of highly talented women and men we will hire to join our diverse astronaut corps, it’s an incredible time in human spaceflight to be an astronaut. We’re asking all eligible Americans if they have what it to takes to apply beginning March 2.”
The deadline to apply is March 2. If you are one of those very rare people that meet all the requirements stated above, don’t hesitate – apply!
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