NASA is Looking For New Astronauts


The American space agency NASA is looking for new astronauts who will go on future missions. It needs astronauts for the International Space Station  and for its new Orion spacecraft , which is is scheduled take astronauts into earth orbit and possibly be used to launch manned missions to Mars and beyond.

New astronauts are needed to fly the new generation of NASA spacecraft as well as to conduct experiments on the ISS .

Candidates who apply be American citizens and have at least a bachelor's degree in biology, physics or mathematics, 3 years of experience or a thousand pilot hours. They must also pass NASA's physical tests for long endurance flights.

NASA is looking for people with a different backgrounds , set to do different tasks.

During NASA's last recruitment program over 6000 people applied and 8 were chosen to be astronauts. The final selection for the current application program will be announced in 2017.



According to NASA  the need for new astronauts has never been greater, as there are many spacecraft currently under development. NASA plans to go back to the moon as the first phase of travelling to Mars.



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