Space geeks, rejoice! Nasa is officially looking for new astronauts and will be accepting applications to join the famous space agency in December. Successful candidates will, at the very least, have an opportunity to go up to the International Space Station, and who knows, maybe even Mars one day.
But how do you go about becoming an astronaut, especially if you did not join any sort of Nasa programme in high school? IBTimes UK has put together a list of the most important requirements, so you can see what it takes...
1) You must be a citizen of the United States
We are sorry to all you space lovers who are not from America but to work for Nasa, you must be a US citizen. However, if you are lucky enough to enjoy dual-citizenship with the US and another country, you are eligible to apply.
2) You must have a relevant bachelor's degree
If you want to work for Nasa, the minimum education requirement is a bachelor's degree from an accredited university in either mathematics, physical science, biological science or engineering.
3) You must have worked in a related field for three years
To work for Nasa, you need to work in a field relating to engineering, science and mathematics, or be a teacheriStock
For the work requirements, you must have worked for at least three years in a related field and have gained progressively responsible, professional experience, but the specifications vary depending on what career track you're in, so it is not as hard as you might think.
Teachers: As long as you have one of the relevant bachelor's degrees listed above, you are eligible to be an astronaut if you have three years of teaching experience, from any level, even pre-school teaching.
Pilots: If you are a commercial pilot or you're an Air Force pilot, you are applicable to become an astronaut if you have been the pilot-in-command for at least 1, 000 hours in a jet aircraft.
Scientists: If you are a scientist working in academia, or you were before switching to work in the private sector, you might have a shot. If you have a doctoral degree, this is equivalent to three years' experience, while a master's degree is equivalent to one year's experience, so you would only need two years' experience in the industry.
Engineers: If you have three years' experience in this field, or you have a master's degree and two years' experience, or if you have a doctoral degree and just started as an engineer, you qualify to become an astronaut.
4) You must have perfect 20/20 vision
Nasa astronauts must have 20/20 vision, but you can apply a year after having lasik surgeryiStock
Unfortunately, astronauts have to have perfect vision correctable to 20/20 in each eye to pass the Nasa astronaut physical exam. However, if you have Lasik corrective eye surgery and there are no adverse effects, you can apply to be an astronaut a year after the surgery.
5) You can't be too tall
In order to be an astronaut, you have to be between 5ft 1in and 6ft 2in (1.58m to 1.9m) tall, and your blood pressure, when measured in a sitting position, cannot exceed 140/90.
6) Women and minorities wanted
Nasa says it wants to increase the number of women and qualified minorities it hires, so these groups of people are strongly encouraged to apply.
What you can expect if you become an Astronaut Candidate
The eight Nasa Astronaut Candidates selected in 2013NASA
If you are accepted into Nasa's astronaut programme, you will become a candidate and will undergo a training and evaluation programme lasting about two years at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, which includes military water survival, so you will have to pass a swimming test.
The reason for this is because in order to learn to spacewalk, astronauts have to train underwater in six-hour-long sessions in a spacesuit, as part of a programme called extravehicular activities (EVA). You will also need to be proficient in speaking Russian, as well as having to learn robotics skills, aircraft flight readiness and how to operate the systems used by the International Space Station.
Sadly, it is important to note there is no guarantee you will become an astronaut even if you go through the Astronaut Candidate programme – however, if you graduate and are not selected for space, you might be hired to take another position within Nasa.my 600 lb life success stories quote about success ralph waldo emerson success poem secret to my success secret to success sleep for success pillow success academy charter schools success factors wellstar success kid now success mindset motivational quotes success positive affirmations success spelling success story the key to success the smell of success vaccine success rate weight loss success what is the success rate of proton therapy what is the success rate of radiation therapy what led to henry ford's success as an entrepreneur 16/8 intermittent fasting success stories best days to take for success career success high school connect for success fedex lake success how to spell success keto success stories national society of leadership and success reviews pfizer success rate positive affirmations for success purdue success factors login reading for success sanford success center secret of my success soundtrack success academy union square success breeds success success in high school success is not final failure is not fatal success is not final quote success vision conway ar success winston churchill quotes the road to success there is no elevator to success unconventional success what is success whole food success factors workman success systems dua for success dua for success hair transplant success rate how to measure success ivf success rates by age and number of embryos ladder of success lexapro success stories lung transplant success rate mirtazapine success stories outliers: the story of success ovidrel trigger shot success rate pcos pregnancy success rate positive affirmations success prayer for success professional success sayings on success success academy middle schools success baby success ce success ed login success hunters success rice boil in bag team success the national society of leadership and success reddit will success spoil rock hunter? 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