It appears as if NASA is now looking for new astronauts, and it announced on Tuesday that it is accepting applications for its available positions. This has come after the last generation of veteran astronauts retire and the space agency is looking to increase the numbers in its reserves of brave spacemen.
Nine to fifteen astronauts
The latest development comes after a National Research Council report which was released earlier this year and warned that the corps was getting to small in size. With this in mind NASA are looking to recruit between nine and fifteen astronauts to start training in 2013.
The application process will not be simple, after all it is NASA, but the program is only open to US citizens. The incoming candidate will start their training in 2013 and will pioneer a new generation of commercial launch vehicles, as well as a ‘heavy-lift’ vehicle that NASA is planning to use on deep space destinations.
With Mars in the interests of many space programs around the world, these new astronauts could be amongst the first set of people who will step foot on the planet, paving the way for other missions and who know what else.
For those that are looking to fly through space then they would need to use the world wide web to travel to the USAjobs.gov where they can fill out an application form and if everything goes to plan visit space.
The positive news is that the positions are not open for only rocket scientists, the requirements for submissions are a bachelor’s degree in engineering, science or mathematics and three years of ‘relevant professional experience’. This means those individuals who are jet pilots, educators, or from significant engineering or science backgrounds.
Astronauts will be flying on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft and as such they must fit the size requirements to make the cut. The application process which has just opened will stay open until 27 January 2012.
The full set of requirements for applicants are: that they are at least 157.5cm tall but no taller than 190.5cm; have 20/20 vision; degrees in engineering, biological science, physical science, or mathematics; 2-3 years in training; are willing to spend up to six months on space exploration mission; and have atleast 1000 hours of time in a jet aircraft.
For many people this is an opportunity to good to miss, and there are many clichéd phrases which can describe their endeavour, ‘one small step for man, one giant step for mankind’ comes to mind.