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Wanna become astronaut? NASA is hiring next class of astronauts

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) had announced the recruitment for the next generation of astronauts. The NASA will accept the applications from December, 2015 through mid-February 2016 and the list of successful candidates will be announced in mid-2017.

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World biggest government agency for space programs has announced the date of recruitment for next badge of astronauts.  The next aim of NASA is to make a comprehensive journey to Mars and for that purpose it announced the recruitment for the next class of astronaut candidates. The selected candidates will launch once again from the Space Coast of Florida on American-made commercial spacecraft, and carry out deep-space exploration missions that will advance a future human mission to Mars.

The willing candidates can apply through here: http://www.usajobs.gov.   According to NASA, “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.” Telling about the main job description of these vacancies, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden stated: “This next group of American space explorers will inspire the Mars generation to reach for new heights, and help us realize the goal of putting boot prints on the Red Planet.”

“Those selected for this service will fly on U.S. 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”, he added.

Moreover, the Space Launch System Rocket and Orion Spacecraft of NASA is in development process and these project will launch astronauts on mission to proving ground of lunar orbit where NASA will learn to conduct complex operations in a deep space environment before moving on to longer duration missions on its journey to Mars.

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What are the requirements for NASA Astronauts?

Commander and Pilot Astronauts

Pilot astronauts serve as International Space Station commanders and pilots. During flight, the commander has onboard responsibility for the vehicle, crew, mission success and safety of flight. The pilot assists the commander in controlling and operating the vehicle.

Basic requirements for an Astronaut Pilot include the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in engineering, biological science, physical science or mathematics. An advanced degree is desirable. Quality of academic preparation is important.
  • At least 1,000 hours pilot-in-command  time in jet aircraft. Flight test experience is highly desirable.
  • Ability to pass a NASA space physical which is similar to a military or civilian flight physical and includes the following specific standards:
    • Distant visual acuity: 20/100 or better uncorrected, correctable to 20/20, each eye Blood pressure: 140/90 measured in a sitting position Height between 62 and 75 inches

Mission Specialist Astronauts

Mission specialist astronauts work with the commander and the pilot and have overall responsibility for coordinating operations in the following areas: systems, crew activity planning, consumables usage and experiment/payload operations.

Basic requirements for a Mission Specialist include the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in engineering, biological science, physical science or mathematics. Degree must be followed by at least three years of related, progressively responsible experience. An advanced degree is desirable and may be substituted for part or all of the experience requirement. Quality of academic preparation is important
  • Ability to pass a NASA space physical which is similar to a military or civilian flight physical and includes the following specific standards:
    • Distant visual acuity: 20/200 or better uncorrected, correctable to 20/20, each eye Blood pressure: 140/90 measured in a sitting position Height between 58.5 and 76 inches

For more information about a career as a NASA astronaut, and application requirements, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/astronauts

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