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Help Wanted: NASA Astronauts Needed!

In Houston, news, Space on September 19, 2007 at 10:03 pm

Futurama in Space

Anyone need a job? This would be so awesome! After all, if Lisa Nowak can be an astronaut, why can’t you? NASA has announced that they are looking for 10-15 men and women to join their space program. Tuesday’s announcement became public when the job was posted on usajobs.gov. Applicants have until July 1, 2008 to apply and NASA says that a decision will be made in early 2009. You don’t have to have an engineering degree – NASA says they have a special interest in educators too! If I only was teaching by then…

Here is the actual notice from usajobs.gov:


Help Wanted: Astronauts

America needs YOU at the frontiers of space and technology!

NASA is now accepting applications for its 2009 astronaut class. The agency is looking for a few men and women who want to fulfill their dreams and be a part of the next generation of explorers.

The open positions are for astronaut candidates to train for tours of duty on the International Space Station, the largest human spacecraft ever built. It is also the site for research that will prepare NASA for future long-duration human missions to the moon and other destinations. The Constellation Program is responsible for building and operating the next-generation vehicles that will carry astronauts to the space station and the moon.

Applicants must meet physical standards and educational requirements, which include a bachelor’s degree in engineering, math or science and at least three years of experience in one of these fields.

Teaching experience, including experience at the K-12 level, is considered to be qualifying experience; therefore, educators are encouraged to apply.

The open positions require extensive travel on Earth and in space. Possible destinations may include, but are not limited to, Texas, Florida, California, Russia, Kazakhstan, the International Space Station and the moon.

Applicants should be aware that selection as an astronaut candidate does not ensure selection as an astronaut. Final selection as an astronaut will depend upon satisfactory completion of a training and evaluation period that lasts approximately two years at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

Astronauts are responsible for technical duties and training at NASA when they are not training for a specific flight or conducting a mission. The duties can include scientific research, mission control communication with on-orbit crews, robotic training, spacewalk training, aircraft operations, technical design and engineering, and wilderness training.

All U.S. citizens, both civilian and military, who are qualified and super-motivated can apply for these positions. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. The deadline is July 1, 2008.

For more information please visit: http://www.nasa.gov/astronauts/recruit.html



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