If your day job as a professional dog walker doesn’t work out, you can always apply to be an astronaut.
NASA, the legendary U.S. space agency, is currently taking applications for the next generation of galactic explorers, and the requirements may just surprise you. To start, you’ll need to be a U.S. citizen with a bachelor’s degree in engineering, biological sciences, physical sciences, or mathematics. Next, you’ll need a minimum of three years of related professional experience, or 1,000 pilot-in-command hours.
That’s all you need for consideration.
Meet those requirements and you might be a candidate to travel to the International Space Station, which is hovering at a cool 220 miles (on average) above Earth everyday. Sound like something you’d be interested in? Sure beats sitting behind a desk all day.
If NASA does consider your application, you’ll then be required to go through a strenuous screening process, which includes a long-duration spaceflight physical.
“This is an exciting time to be part of America’s human space flight program,” said Brian Kelly, director of Flight Operations at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. “U.S. astronauts will be at the forefront of these new and challenging space flight missions.”
More than 300 astronauts have been selected by NASA over the past several years, and there are currently 47 in active astronaut corps. “More will be needed to crew future missions to the space station and destinations in deep space,” NASA said.
Deep space, you say? Remember, NASA said that the first people to step foot on Mars are already walking this planet. Is that you?