Once again people can apply to become NASA astronaut and fulfill their dream of going into space either for inter-planetary mission or on ISS (International Space Station) as the American Space Agency is hiring a new batch of astronauts. Aspirants can submit their application till Thursday, February 18, 2016. The pay scale for the post of astronaut will vary from $66,026.00 to $144,566.00 / Per Year depending on various factors including experience, qualification and skills.
The next class of astronauts may fly on any of four different U.S. spacecraft during their careers: the International Space Station (ISS), two new commercial spacecraft being built by U.S. companies, and NASA’s Orion deep-space exploration vehicle. NASA is in the midst of an unprecedented transition to using commercial spacecraft for its scheduled crew and cargo transport to the ISS. For the last 15 years, humans have been living continuously aboard the orbiting laboratory, expanding scientific knowledge and demonstrating new technologies. Future crewmembers will continue this work.
Additionally, the Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft, now in development, will launch astronauts on missions to the proving ground of lunar orbit where NASA will learn to conduct complex operations in a deep space environment before moving on to longer duration missions on the journey to Mars.
To date, NASA has selected more than 300 astronauts to fly on its increasingly challenging missions to explore space and benefit life on Earth. More will be needed to crew future ISS missions, as well as, the missions beyond low earth orbit.
To receive consideration you must meet the minimum requirements by the closing date of the announcement; and submit all required information by the closing date of the announcement via USAJOBS. More detailed instructions to follow in the ‘How to Apply’ section of this announcement.
- Position subject to pre-employment background investigation
- This is a drug-testing designated position
- Frequent travel may be required
- Selectee must pass a pre-employment medical examination
- Selectee must complete a financial disclosure statement
- Bachelor’s degree in Technology, Psychology, Nursing, Exercise Physiology, Social Sciences or in Aviation.
- Ability to pass the NASA long-duration astronaut physical
- At least 3 years of related, progressively responsible, professional experience obtained after degree completion OR at least 1,000 hours pilot-in-command time in jet aircraft.
- US citizenship
Becoming a NASA astronaut is very rare and difficult as last recruitment was conducted back in 2013 which received 6,100 application and only 47 application passed the test. Also, it was the biggest recruitment process in the history of NASA.
You can apply for the job here.