Want to be a NASA astronaut? Here's your chance

For a three-month period, the space agency is accepting applications for its next class of space-travellers

Washington: Looking for an out-of-the-world job opportunity? NASA is now accepting applications for next class of astronauts who may some day fly to the ISS or even land on Mars.

The astronaut candidate application website will be accepting submissions through February 18, 2016.

NASA expects to announce final candidate selections in mid-2017.

Those chosen candidates may fly on any of four different US spacecraft during their careers — the International Space Station (ISS), two commercial crew spacecraft currently in development by US companies, and NASA’s Orion deep-space exploration vehicle.

Eligibility criteria
>> US citizenship
>> Bachelor’s degree in engineering, biological science, physical science, computer science or mathematics
>> At least 3 years of related, professional experience or at least 1,000 hours of pilot-in-command time in jet aircraft.
>> Astronaut candidates must also pass the NASA’s long-duration  astronaut physical test

Did you know?

The ISS space laboratory has been orbiting the Earth at roughly 28,000 kilometres per hour since 1998.

First Briton to travel to ISS blasts off into space
Former army major Tim Peake, the first Briton to travel to the space station, blasted off yesterday with Russian space veteran Yury Malenchenko and Tim Kopra of NASA for a six-month mission at the orbiting research.

His two crew members have already spent 641 and 58 days in space.

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