NASA is looking for astronaut recruits. If you don’t mind a 140 million mile commute, you might want to send in your application. The average commute distance in the United States is roughly 10 miles, so the trip to Mars would equal about 14 million days worth of commute. And if you consider the drive back home, that brings it down to around 7 million days. So why not get that all out of the way in one fell swoop?
Monday NASA officially opened the application process for manning its very ambitious project to take humans to Mars, and anyone can apply (Sure, anyone can apply. Anyone who can fill out a form can apply. But not everyone is going to qualify…). If you want to take a shot at this, they’re accepting submissions through February 18, 2016.
Salaries will range from $66,000 to $144,500 for these full time positions. The astronaut candidate application website can be found here.
In a press release Monday, NASA Administrator and former astronaut Charles Bolden had this to say, “NASA is on an ambitious journey to Mars and we’re looking for talented men and women from diverse backgrounds and every walk of life to help get us there. Today, we opened the application process for our next class of astronauts, extraordinary Americans who will take the next giant leap in exploration. This group will launch to space from U.S. soil on American-made spacecraft and blaze the trail on our journey to the Red Planet.”
Getting down to the job requirement details, astronaut candidates must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in engineering, biological science, physical science, computer science or mathematics. An advanced degree is desirable. Candidates also must have at least three years of related, progressively responsible professional experience, or at least 1,000 hours of pilot-in-command time in a jet aircraft. Candidates must also pass the NASA long-duration astronaut physical.
One of the key requirements listed in the official job description is “Frequent travel may be required”. Yeah, I would think that goes without saying. Frequent, or continuous travel, that goes on for millions of miles.
If you want to be part of a tremendous human endeavor, to make history, and “boldly go where no man has gone before”, this is your big chance. Go for it!
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