- The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is looking for the next astronauts
- NASA said they are looking to send the first woman and next man to the moon
- Applications will be accepted until the end of March 2020
You can finally fulfill your childhood dream of being an astronaut!
After more than four years, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has opened its doors again to new applicants who aspire to explore the moon.
“We will send the first woman and next man to the lunar South Pole by 2024, and we need more astronauts to follow suit on the Moon, and then Mars,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a release.
“We’re looking for talented men and women from diverse backgrounds and every walk of li
fe to join us in this new era of human exploration that begins with the Artemis program to the Moon. If you have always dreamed of being an astronaut, apply now.”
Those who will be selected will start training in 2021 as the next class of Artemis Generation astronauts. NASA said they received 18,300 applications when they last looked for astronaut candidates in 2015. Those who qualified underwent two years of intensive training but only 11 graduated earlier this year.
“Those who apply will likely be competing against thousands who have dreamed of and worked toward going to space for as long as they can remember. But somewhere among those applicants are our next astronauts, and we look forward to meeting you,” Astronaut Selection Board chair Steve Koerner said.
In an interview, NASA astronaut Matthew Dominick gave a glimpse of what it is like to live in space.
“You can’t be in space and call a plumber to fix your toilet. You can’t be in space and call an electrician if there is an electricity problem,” he said. “If you were to boil it down to something simple, I would say we’re all mechanics. It’s just really hard to get to the worksite.”
Those who wish to apply should have United States citizenship and a master’s degree in a STEM field, such as engineering, biological science, physical science, computer science, or mathematics, from an accredited institution. Applications will be accepted until March 31, 2020.
For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/astronauts