Skip to comments.Want to Be an Astronaut? NASA's Looking
Posted on 11/04/2015 10:35:05 AM PST by LibWhacker
Itâs been four years since NASA put out a recruitment call for more astronauts, but on Wednesday the U.S. space agency said it would be hiring again soon.
A two-month application period opens Dec. 14.
The agency hired just eight astronaut candidates during its last recruitment. Applicants who didnât make the cut were in good company â nearly 6,400 people applied for the job.
NASA currently has 47 astronauts available for flight assignments â less than one-third the size of the corps in 1999 at the peak of the shuttle program.
Typically, crews of six or seven flew on the space shuttle, with missions slated every two or three months. Now, just two to four NASA astronauts fly each year to staff the International Space Station.
Their numbers will be growing. In 2018, NASA expects to add an additional member to the live-aboard station crew. Agency astronauts also will participate in test flights of commercial space taxis, currently under development by SpaceX and Boeing.
In the 2020s, NASA astronauts also will begin flying on the agencyâs deep-space capsule, Orion.
âThis is an exciting time to be a part of Americaâs human space flight program,â Brian Kelly, director of Flight Operations at NASAâs Johnson Space Center in Houston, said in a statement.
âWe encourage all qualified applicants to learn more about the opportunities for astronauts at NASA and apply,â Kelly said.
Since its selection of the famed âMercury Sevenâ astronauts â Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard and Deke Slayton â in 1959, only about 300 people have been invited to join NASAâs elite astronaut corps.
In addition to pilots, engineers and scientists, NASA has hired doctors and teachers.
Candidates must hold a bachelorâs degree from an accredited institution in engineering, biological science, physical science or mathematics, and an advanced degree is desirable, NASA said.
Candidates also must have at least three years of related 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.
Government pay scales peg astronaut salaries between about $66,000 and $158,000 per year.
Only Muzzies need apply.
Apparently, I’m too short. Otherwise I would be game.
I nominate Pelosi, Reid, Obama, and Hitlery for the one way mission to Mars.
Their leader should lead and go first. I recommend a non landing study of golf courses in the vastness of space. Since this will be a vacation his mate(s) should go too.
Sure I’ll apply. Just let me get a few more parts together for this “clock” I’m building, I’d like to take it with me on the next mission. Yeah it’s a clock, yeah, that’s it...did I mention I’m a Muslim?
Hussein should be impeached for what he did to NASA alone!
Islamic public relations astronauts with advanced degrees in African-American Astrophysical & Mathematical studies?
But we don’t gots any rocket ships, does we?
And the Rooskies is mad at us ... man, another Obama conundrum.
Far too high a risk of death. NASA is run by unqualified “managers”; people without any qualifications except a management degree as “manager” is now a career field and not just a job title.
Actually, those Soyuz spacecraft have a pretty good safety record...
I decided I’m going to build my own rocket and not wait for NASA.
Can I light the fuse for you? I love that kind of stuff.
lol. I wasn’t thinking of a long fuse. More of a pushbutton start. Maybe.
Black Muslim transgenders go straight to the head of the line.
Shouldn’t we get a space program before we get astronauts?
Blackie’s On the Moon.
Damn. I’ll bring beers anyway.
Sounds like fun!
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