30th November, 2015:Â NASA announced, they will be accepting applications for its astronaut program between December 14 and mid-February.
NASA, earlier in 2015, had plans to land astronauts on Mars. According to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, the next group of American space explorers will inspire the MarsÂ generation to reach for new heights, and help realize the goal of putting boot prints on the Red Planet. Those selected for this service will fly on US made spacecraft from American soil, advance critical science and research aboard the International Space Station (ISS), and help push the boundaries of technology in the proving ground of deep space.
NASA vacant saying they are in need of more to crew future missions to ISS and destinations in deep space. As to date, 300 astronautsÂ have been selected by the US space agency to fly on “challenging missions to explore space and benefit life on Earth”. While there are, 47 astronauts in the active astronaut corps.
In a press release, Brian Kelly, director of Flight Operations at NASA’s Johnson Space Centre in Houston said that, “This can be an exciting time to be a part of Americaâ€™s human space flight program.Â NASA has taken the next step in the evolution of our nationâ€™s human spaceflight program â€“ and our US astronauts will be at the forefront of these new and challenging space flight missions. We encourage all qualified applicants to learn more about the opportunities for astronauts at NASA and apply to join our flight operations team.â€
To be qualified, astronaut candidates must have the following:
– A bachelorâ€™s degree from an accredited institution in engineering, biological science, physical science or mathematics.
– An advanced degree is desirable.
– 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.
– Candidates must pass the NASA long-duration spaceflight physical.
The selected candidates will be announced in mid- 2017, according to the space agency.