Looking for a job on Mars? Here is a way! US space agency NASA has announced for applications from prospective astronauts for its ambitious space missions, beginning with the International Space Station stay to Mars exploration mission two decades later.
Qualifying U.S. citizens may apply at: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/423817000
Starting from today, December 15, 2015, the application can be made online at the official website of NASA and the last date is February 18, 2016, which means 66 days to be precise, a wider window to attract tens of thousands of applications, if not mere hundreds.
By June or July 2017, the final list of candidates will be announced that can set the training program to roll out in phases. The successful candidates will first fly on any of four different US spacecraft to the ISS, two commercial spacecraft of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner and the SpaceX Crew Dragon, and finally, NASA’s Orion deep-space exploration vehicle to Mars.
“NASA is on an ambitious journey to Mars and we’re looking for talented men and women from diverse backgrounds and every walk of life to help get us there,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. “This group will launch to space from US soil on American-made spacecraft and blaze the trail on our journey to the Red Planet,” he added.
NASA plans to increase the number of crew members to 7 to each station mission, thus providng them more time to work on space research and test technolgy applications in space. For this, NASA said it will select candidates with a wide variety of backgrounds, including engineers, scientists and physicians.
Brian Kelly, director of Flight Operations at NASA’s Johnson Space Centre in Houston, said:”We want and need a diverse mix of individuals to ensure we have the best astronaut corps possible.”
The eligibility criteria includes a bachelor’s degree in engineering, biological science, physical science, computer science or mathematics and a desirable advanced degree. From experience point of view, they shgould have at least three years of related, progressively responsible professional experience, or at least 1,000 hours of pilot-in-command time in flying jet aircraft.
However, the NASA long-duration astronaut physical test is a big hurdle that all of them should be willing to undergo and pass.