NASA Is Hiring: This Is What It Takes To Be An Astronaut

Feb. 12, 2020 – NASA announced that the agency will accept applications March 2 to 31 for the next class of Artemis Generation astronauts. Artemis is NASA’s program to return astronauts to the Moon by 2024, preparing the way for human missions to Mars. NASA will collaborate with their commercial and international partners and establish sustainable exploration by 2028.

According to NASA, the basic requirements to apply include United States citizenship and a master’s degree in a STEM field, including engineering, biological science, physical science, computer science, or mathematics, from an accredited institution.

The requirement for the master’s degree, however, can also be met by:

  • Two years (36 semester hours or 54 quarter hours) of work toward a Ph.D. program in a related science, technology, engineering or math field;
  • A completed doctor of medicine or doctor of osteopathic medicine degree;
  • Completion (or current enrollment that will result in completion by June 2021) of a nationally recognized test pilot school program.

Candidates also must have at least two 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: https://www.nasa.gov/astronauts

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