NASA’s astronaut hunt

NASA is searching for a new class of astronaut to be trained for missions to the international space station, or perhaps to the surface of the moon aboard its new Orion spacecraft in 2019.

The NASA website says: “NASA is now accepting applications for its 2009 astronaut class. The agency is looking for a few men and women who want to fulfill their dreams and be a part of the next generation of explorers.

“The open positions are for astronaut candidates to train for tours of duty on the International Space Station, the largest human spacecraft ever built. It is also the site for research that will prepare NASA for future long-duration human missions to the moon and other destinations.”

Its advertising slogan, “NASA has space for YOU!” encourages people from a variety of backgrounds, including school teachers, to apply. Training will take place during the northern summer of 2009.

People considering applying for the openings, either civilian or military, must have at least a bachelor’s degree in engineering, science, or mathematics and have at least three years of relevant professional experience. However, no Aussies – only US citizens are able to apply.



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