NASA Seeks Astronaut for Mars and Moon Missions

James Marshall
February 14, 2020

After completing training, the new astronauts could launch on U.S. rockets and spacecraft developed for NASA's Commercial Crew Program to live and work aboard the International Space Station, 250 miles above Earth, where they will take part in experiments that benefit life at home and prepare us for more distant exploration.

Wondering if you have what it takes to be an astronaut?

These "Artemis Generation" astronauts could end up on the International Space Station or future planned missions to the moon and Mars. "For the handful of highly talented women and men we will hire to join our diverse astronaut corps, it's an incredible time in human spaceflight to be an astronaut".

Basic requirements include United States citizenship and a master's degree in a STEM field (engineering, biological science, physical science, computer science, or mathematics will do). Also, the potential candidate's will be required to have two years of professional work experience and in case of a test pilot applying, he/she will be required to have 1,000 hours of pilot-in-command time.

In addition, all applicants will, for the first time, take an online assessment that will require up to two hours to complete. Progress triggered by NASA in competition with Russian Federation, which culminated in the Apollo 11 moon landing, it allowed the birth of those processors and technological models that are part of everyone's life today.

So beginning on March 2, the organization will be tolerating applications for its next class of space travelers.

Their resumes are stellar: One of them, Jonny Kim, is an emergency physician and a veteran of 100 combat operations with the Navy SEALs, where he earned a Silver Star.

Beyond all of that, the candidates should additionally be capable of cross NASA's bodily, which evaluates the candidates for suitably on lengthy spaceflights.

Their current astronaut corp has 48 souls, with room for more as expeditions involving multiple destinations that will propel exploration forward as part of Artemis missions and beyond.

Since the 1960s, 350 people have trained as astronaut candidates under NASA, the agency said.

About half of the recruits had a military background, especially test pilots who fly unsafe experimental aircraft, including the likes of Alan Shepard, the first American in space, and Neil Armstrong, the first man on the Moon.

And the pay? For civilian candidates, it starts at the 11th grade for federal workers at $53,800 to $70,000.

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