NASA Is Hiring Astronauts for Its Artemis Missions: Do You Have What It Takes?

The public has from March 2nd to 31st to submit their applications.
Fabienne Lang

Scrub up your C.V. : NASA is hiring

With its upcoming Artemis missions to the Moon and Mars, NASA is looking for astronauts to join its expanding team. Do you have what it takes? 

Applications start on March 2nd and are open until March 31st. Have a look at what you need in order to join NASA's reputable astronauts up on the ISS.


Requirements for submitting a NASA astronaut application

To begin with, make sure you send your application between March 2nd and March 31st. That's the easiest part of the application. 

The second easiest requirement is that applicants need to be U.S. citizens. That part makes sense. 

Now for the fun bit. 

Applicants need to have completed a Master's degree in a STEM field (engineering, biological science, physical science, computer science, or mathematics, among others).

However, if you don't have a Master's, that's alright. You can still apply if you have completed two years of work towards a Ph.D program in a related science, technology, engineering, or math field. Alternatively, you have completed a doctorate of medicine or doctorate of osteopathic degree. And if you still don't have any of these credentials, you can still apply if you have completed (or are currently enrolled in one that will end by June 2021) a nationally recognized test pilot school program. 

There's a bit of leeway as you can see. However, there's more:

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Applicants must also have completed two years of related, progressively responsible professional experience (we're not entirely sure what that means if we're being honest), or at least 1,000 hours of pilot-in-command time in jet aircraft. 

And finally, you must pass the NASA's long-duration spaceflight physical test. 

If you have all or some of the above credentials, then, by all means, apply! You could find yourself as part of NASA's team living and working on the ISS, or, walking on the Moon. 

NASA has recruited over 350 people to train as astronauts over the past five decades. With its current 48 rocketeers actively working, the American agency needs more people as part of its team.

You can read more about it and apply for the position here.

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