NASA’s newest job offer is out of this world, but successful candidates will get the chance to become the first woman and next man to land on the lunar South Pole by 2024.
The space agency is looking for new explorers who will get the chance to explore the moon and work in the International Space Station, joining its active pool of 48 astronauts.
It’s all part of NASA’s goal of establishing sustainable lunar exploration by 2028 in preparation for taking the next giant leap of sending the first humans to Mars in the mid-2030s.
What does it take to get shortlisted for this amazing job?
You need to dream of being an astronaut, says NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, encouraging everyone to apply. The agency is accepting applications until 11:59 pm EDT on March 31, 2020, and will select the final candidates by mid-2021. The finalists will begin training as the next class of Artemis Generation astronauts.
The chances of being selected have proven to be slim; only 11 out of the 18,300 people who applied were extended an offer in 2015. Apart from the basic requirements that include a US citizenship and a master’s degree or equivalent in a STEM field, applicants must also have two years of related professional experience or at least 1,000 hours of pilot-in-command time in a jet aircraft.
Selected candidates must also pass the NASA long-duration spaceflight physical test that includes a height of between 1.57 to 1.91 metres, having 20/20 vision, either naturally or with corrective lenses, and blood pressure of not more than 140/90 in a sitting position.