For some reason, becoming an astronaut seems out of reach for many intelligent, talented people. But it’s not. To remind would-be astronauts of this fact, NASA has put out the call for new astronauts in a new video featuring some of their best space explorers.
In addition to courage, comfort with confined spaces, and the ability to think on your feet, here are some of the requirements:
- Astronaut candidates must have earned a master’s degree from an accredited institution in engineering, biological science, physical science, computer science or mathematics.
- The requirement for the master’s degree 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.
Applications open March 2, 2020 and you can find more information on NASA’s website.
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