It’s exciting to announce that NASA is now accepting astronaut candidate applications! They will be accepting submissions now through February 18, 2016! To apply you must be a qualified United States Citizen. What are the qualifications? You can check out my blog post titled How to Become an Astronaut and also scroll to the bottom of this post for more information directly from NASA.
If you qualify and want to apply you can find the applications here. I do not qualify at this time as I am still a student – but I will be following this selection process closely and look forward to seeing who this next class will be. You can sign up for email updates from me here if you would like to follow the updates as I share them.
NASA expects to announce the candidate selection sometime in mid-2017. This is certainly an exciting time to become an astronaut with NASA with the possibility of living on the International Space Station, flying on two commercial crew spacecraft currently in development by U.S. companies, and also perhaps flying on NASA’s Orion deep-space exploration vehicle.
More Information Directly From NASA
To learn more about qualifications and what is expected for the next class of astronauts please read the information below which I have taken directly from the NASA press release titled: Be an Astronaut: NASA Accepting Applications for Future Explorers
NASA astronauts will again launch to the International Space Station from Florida’s Space Coast on American-made commercial spacecraft — Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner and the SpaceX Crew Dragon. These spacecraft will allow NASA to add a seventh crew member to each station mission, effectively doubling the amount of time astronauts will be able to devote to research in space, expanding scientific knowledge and demonstrating new technologies.
Astronauts also will lift off again from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida aboard the Orion spacecraft, launched on the agency’s Space Launch System rocket, to unprecedented missions in lunar orbit. There, the space agency will learn more about conducting complex operations in a deep space environment before moving on to longer duration missions as it progresses on its journey to Mars.
To help accomplish this work, NASA will select qualified astronaut candidates from a diverse pool of U.S. citizens with a wide variety of backgrounds, including engineers, scientists and physicians. According to the professional networking site LinkedIn, some 3 million of the site’s members working in the United States appear to meet the minimum academic eligibility requirements for the job.
“NASA’s mission, and what we need from the astronauts helping to carry it out, has evolved over the years,” said Brian Kelly, director of Flight Operations at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. “Some people would be surprised to learn they might have what it takes. We want and need a diverse mix of individuals to ensure we have the best astronaut corps possible.”
NASA Astronaut Candidate Requirements
Astronaut candidates must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in engineering, biological science, physical science, computer science or mathematics. An advanced degree is desirable. Candidates also must have at least three 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 astronaut physical.
“The Office of Personnel Management is proud to support NASA’s efforts to recruit our country’s next generation of astronauts,” said Beth Cobert, acting director of OPM. “One of this agency’s primary goals is to help attract, recruit, hire and retain the best and most talented workforce to serve the American people. We stand ready to help NASA find and support the talent it needs to fulfill its exciting mission to Mars. I’m proud to help agencies across government shape the federal workforce of the future by providing such tools as USAJOBS, our one-stop source for federal job and employment information.”
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