NASA Taking Astronaut Applications: A Job With A Bright Future
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?