NEW YORK — “Want to #BeAnAstronaut?”
In an Instagram post Wednesday, NASA announced that it’s looking for a new batch of potential astronauts and explained the application process.
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Want to #BeAnAstronaut? In anticipation of returning human spaceflight launches to American soil, and in preparation for our journey to Mars, we will soon begin accepting applications for the next class of astronaut candidates. With more human spacecraft in development in the United States today than at any other time in history, future astronauts will launch once again from the Space Coast of Florida on American-made commercial spacecraft, and carry out deep-space exploration missions that will advance a future human mission to Mars. The next class of astronauts may fly on any of four different U.S. vessels during their careers: the International Space Station, two commercial crew spacecraft currently in development by U.S. companies, and our Orion deep-space exploration vehicle. From pilots and engineers, to scientists and medical doctors, we select qualified astronaut candidates from a diverse pool of U.S. citizens with a wide variety of backgrounds. We will accept applications from Dec. 14 through mid-February and expect to announce candidates selected in mid-2017. Stay tuned! Video credit: NASA @iss #nasa #astronaut #astronauts #space #jobs #jobopening
“From pilots and engineers, to scientists and medical doctors, we select qualified astronaut candidates from a diverse pool of U.S. citizens with a wide variety of backgrounds,” NASA said in the post.
NASA will begin accepting applications on December 14 and will take submissions through mid-February. The agency said it plans to announce the new astronaut candidates in mid-2017.
It added that it’s calling for astronauts “in preparation for our journey to Mars.” It also said that launches would again take place from Florida’s Space Coast on American-made spacecraft.