Nasa hiring astronauts to go to the moon and Mars – do you have what it takes?

Nasa is looking for the next generation of astronauts (Nasa)

If you’re getting a little bit sick of your daily grind, why not consider a career change to shake things up?

As it happens, Nasa is hiring astronauts to take part in its upcoming manned missions to the moon and – possibly – even going to Mars.

In an announcement this week, the space agency put out a call for budding space travellers to take part in its ‘Artemis’ missions.

‘As NASA prepares to launch American astronauts this year on American rockets from American soil to the International Space Station – with an eye toward the Moon and Mars – the agency is announcing it will accept applications March 2 to 31 for the next class of Artemis Generation astronauts,’ Nasa wrote.

So, what does it take to be considered as a potential recruit? Apparently you’ll need technical and operational skill as well as ‘being fun’ and a team player.

Those are the soft skills. Some of the slightly more elite requirements include a master’s degree in a STEM field from an accredited institution or two years work towards a Ph.D in a related science, tech, engineering or maths field.

Astronauts recruited now may end up being the first people to set foot on the planet Mars (Nasa)

Alternatively, you could get by with a doctor of medicine or doctor of osteopathic medicine degree. If none of that suits you, then Nasa will also consider anyone that’s completed a nationally recognised test pilot school program by June 2021.

Oh, and it goes without saying that you’ll need to be American.

‘We’re celebrating our 20th year of continuous presence aboard the International Space Station in low-Earth orbit this year, and we’re on the verge of sending the first woman and next man to the Moon by 2024,’ said Nasa administrator Jim Bridenstine.

‘For the handful of highly talented women and men we will hire to join our diverse astronaut corps, it’s an incredible time in human spaceflight to be an astronaut. We’re asking all eligible Americans if they have what it to takes to apply beginning March 2.’

Meanwhile, the European Space Agency may not be on the hunt for astronauts but there are still some interesting vacancies over there if you fancy getting into the space industry.


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