Today (March 31, US time) is the last day people apply to become NASA astronauts,media reported. It is reported that the deadline for filing applications with the agency was 11:59 pm EST. NASA is recruiting a new round of astronauts for its Artemis program, which aims to send the first woman to the moon’s surface.
Artemis is understood to be aiming to get the first Artemis astronauts to the moon by 2024, and then to have more astronauts on the moon every year, and the ultimate long-term goal is to send astronauts to Mars one day.
Of course, there are a few first things you need to meet if you want to be an astronaut: you have to go through a medical check-up, have U.S. citizenship, and have a master’s degree in stem (though there are other ways to meet that, such as completing a two-year doctoral course). Applicants will also need two years of professional experience with astronauts, or 1,000 hours of jet piloting. This time, candidates will also have to take an online test of about two hours, according to NASA.
One thing applicants must also make clear is that even if you are now picked from thousands of competitors, the final list will not be published until mid-2021. These persons will receive approximately two years of training prior to graduation and will be eligible for assignment. Even so, it may be several years before they are selected as astronauts.