NASA announced that it will be accepting applications commencing in Dec. for its next round of astronaut training.
Now, there are forty-seven active members in NASA’s astronaut corporation, with the final group of new astronauts chosen in 2013.
The present and future generations of space fliers are going to be considered for missions to the International Space Station that has housed human inhabitants for fifteen consecutive years, has served as a laboratory for more than 1,700 microgravity tests and provides a way to examine the needs of supporting humans in space (that will be very appropriate for longer-duration journeys to places such as Mars).
The new courses of astronauts will probably include the opportunity to fly on two new, commercially built crew vehicles: Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner and the SpaceX Crew Dragon, both that are being made as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. Looking even more into the future, new astronauts shall be considered for journeys aboard the Orion spacecraft that could support astronauts in a prolonged journey around the moon, in preparation for a mission to the Red Planet, the statement from NASA stated.
Astronaut prospects should have a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, engineering or science, with some relevant professional expertise or a thousand hours of pilot-in-command time in a jet plane. Prospects should also pass the NASA long-duration spaceflight physical.
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