— The incoming class of candidates will begin training in 2013.
— The requirements for submission are a bachelor's degree in engineering, science or math and three years of "relevant professional experience.
— The new class will ultimately pioneer a new generation of commercial launch vehicles.
Do you have the "right stuff?"
"For 50 years, American astronauts have led the exploration of our solar system, " NASA administrator Charles Bolden said. "Today we are getting a glimpse of why that will remain true for the next half-century. Make no mistake about it, human space flight is alive and well at NASA."
If you dream of flying through space, fly first across the world wide web to the government-run USAJobs.gov website, where you can fill out an application and possibly soar to the stars.
The good news: Rocket scientists aren't the only ones who can apply. The requirements for submission are a bachelor's degree in engineering, science or math and three years of "relevant professional experience, " NASA said, meaning jet pilots, educators, or significant engineering or science backgrounds.
Don't get too excited just yet, however: The space agency won't be seeking hundreds of new astronauts. There will be room for only around 8 to 12, Duane Ross, manager for astronaut candidate training, told FoxNews.com last month.
"The number is one of those things you don't decide on until the very end, " Ross cautioned, noting that "the number will be small — last time we picked nine."
And since astronauts will be expected to fly on Russia's Soyuz spacecraft, they must fit Russia's physical requirements for its cosmonauts. That means no one under 5 foot 2 inches or over 6 foot 3 inches.
Beyond the extra-vehicular activity, robotics, and flight training, Russian language training is a part of today's astronaut training as well.
"English is the agreed-to language in space, " Ross told FoxNews.com, but due to the close collaboration with the Russian space agency, it's helpful for American spacemen to speak Russian.
The class will also include a broad look at such topics as geology and geophysics, Ross said.
Salaries for civilian astronaut candidates are based on the Federal Government's General Schedule pay scales for grades GS-11 through GS-14, according to NASA's website. One job listing pegs that at $64, 724 to $141, 715 per year.
The quest for astronauts comes on the heels of a September report from the National Research Council, which argued that the United States must maintain a strong astronaut corps, even though human space flight has been temporarily stalled for NASA and many astronauts have retired or quit this year.resolution thesaurus resolution technologies resolution template resolution test resolution today resolution types resolution to inches resolution used in a sentence resolution upscaler resolution units resolution uncertainty resolution us history definition resolution usa resolution upgrader resolution ultrasound resolution vs solution resolution vs magnification resolution vs bill resolution vs ordinance resolution vs accuracy resolution vs refresh rate resolution video resolution vs denouement resolution writing resolution writing definition resolution washington resolution width and height resolution war resolution writing sample resolution words resolution what does it mean resolution x and y resolution xbox series x resolution xbox series s resolution x ray crystallography resolution xbox one resolution xga resolution x ray resolution x mobile home resolution youtube resolution youtube tv resolution yugioh resolution youtube thumbnail resolution yarn resolution yeovil resolution youtube banner resolution york resolution z fold 3 resolution zoom recording resolution zoom resolution zhongwen resolution znaczenie resolution zbrush resolution zoho desk resolution zoom background resolution about climate change resolution about covid 19