Would You Like to Become an Astronaut? – Applications Accepted Until January 27, 2012

Astronaut Piers Sellers, STS-121 mission specialist

NASA seeks qualified applicants for future space missions

Have you always dreamed of going to space? Don’t miss your chance. NASA is accepting applications for the Astronaut Candidate Program!

Qualified individuals can submit their applications through the federal government’s USAJobs.gov website. Those selected will be among the first to pioneer a new generation of commercial launch vehicles and travel aboard a new heavy-lift rocket to distant destinations in deep space.

Qualifications:
1. At least bachelor’s degree in engineering, science or mathematics (advanced degrees are preferred)
2. At least three years of relevant professional experience
3. Extensive experience flying high-performance jet aircraft is a plus
4. Educators teaching kindergarten through 12th grade with these minimum degree requirements also are encouraged to apply

NASA will accept applications through Jan. 27, 2012. After applicant interviews and evaluations, the agency expects to announce the final selections in 2013. Training will begin that summer.

For more information about astronaut application and selection and to follow the latest news via NASA accounts on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, visit http://www.nasa.gov/flynasa

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