In anticipation of returning human spaceflight launches to American soil, and in preparation for the agency’s journey to Mars, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has announced it will begin accepting applications for the next class of astronaut candidates from December 14th through mid-February and expects to announce candidates selected in mid-2017. Applications for consideration as a NASA Astronaut will be accepted at http://www.usajobs.gov
The next class of astronauts 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.
From pilots and engineers, to scientists and medical doctors, NASA selects qualified astronaut candidates from a diverse pool of U.S. citizens with a wide variety of backgrounds. Astronaut candidates must have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in engineering, biological science, physical 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 spaceflight physical.
For more information about a career as a NASA astronaut, and application requirements, visit http://www.nasa.gov/astronauts