NASA Taking Astronaut Applications: A Job With A Bright Future

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Tired of your dead-end job? Get into a profession that's guaranteed to be well-funded for the foreseeable future and beyond: manned space travel!!

NASA is once again opening up the application process for astronaut jobs, even though, you know, there are no more shuttle missions and NASA is a prime target for federal cutbacks.

Still, says Janet Kavandi, director of flight crew operations at the Johnson Space Center, it's a great time to be an astronaut.

"For scientists, engineers and other professionals who have always dreamed of experiencing spaceflight, this is an exciting time to join the astronaut corps," she says. "This next class will support missions to the [space] station and will arrive via transportation systems now in development. They also will have the opportunity to participate in NASA's continuing exploration programs that will include missions beyond low Earth orbit."

The future is so bright you will need to wear shades.

Not just anyone can apply successfully. You have to meet some basic qualifications, such as:

A bachelor's degree in engineering, science or math and three years of relevant professional experience are required in order to be considered. Typically, successful applicants have significant qualifications in engineering or science, or extensive experience flying high-performance jet-aircraft.

Whither the poets among us? If you prick their spacesuit during an EVA, do they not die an incredibly gruesome death?

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1601 NASA Road 1 (20 miles south of downtown, Houston, TX

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3 comments
Mr. Blonde
Mr. Blonde

Manned space travel is obsolete; astronauts are also obsolete.  NASA is a huge unjustified drain on the economy.  The future "missions" NASA promotes (with a seemingly 100%-compliant press along for the ride) are simply boondoggles.

Allison
Allison

One more since I'm so fond of the google this morning: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B...NASA funding is less than 1% of the federal budget while defense and homeland security account for over 50%. Yes, it's totally NASA that's the huge unjustified drain on the economy.

Allison
Allison

"For every $1 the federal government spends on NASA, it spends $98 on social programs." "While few question the need to maintain a strong military in an uncertain age, some might consider it excessive for the United States to spend more on its military than the next fifteen biggest defense spenders put together, especially as most of them are American allies." (Funding for defense + homeland security is 40X NASA's budget)source

"When NASA loses a $150 million probe, that’s a lot of real money, but hardly a drop in the bucket compared to what we spend as a nation (and remember, we spend $11 million per hour in Iraq)." source

"Countless women are alive today because of ideas stimulated by a design flaw in the Hubble Space Telescope." source

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