NASA Will Soon Begin the Search for New Astronauts

The space agency plans to land the first woman on the moon by 2024.

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If you can imagine this as a shot of yourself one day, NASA wants you to apply.NASA

NASA plans to uses the new Artemis program to land the first woman and next man on the moon by 2024 to explore more of the lunar surface than ever before. Artemis is also the first manned mission away from earth in decades. Of course, being a piloted program, NASA realizes it’s going to need a new crop of aviators to fly the next generation of space vehicles for lunar missions and future trips to the red planet.

As NASA prepares to launch American astronauts this year on US rockets from American soil to the International Space Station—with an eye toward the moon and Mars—the agency will be accepting applications March 2 to 31 for the next Artemis Generation class of astronauts.

NASA’s basic application requirements include US citizenship and a master’s degree in a STEM field, including engineering, biological science, physical science, computer science, or mathematics, from an accredited institution. The master’s degree requirement can also be met by two years (36 semester hours or 54 quarter hours) of work toward a Ph.D. program in a related science, technology, engineering or math field, a completed Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree as well as completion (or current enrollment that will result in completion by June 2021) of a nationally recognized test-pilot school program.

Candidates are also required to possess at least two years of related, progressively responsible professional experience, or at least 1,000 hours of pilot-in-command time in jet aircraft. Astronaut candidates must pass the NASA long-duration spaceflight physical. Beginning March 2, 2020 Americans may apply to #BeAnAstronaut at www.usajobs.gov.