Nasa’s recent public recruitment of “Artemis Generation” astronauts has attracted more than 12,000 people to sign up,media reported. Those selected for the program will take part in Artemis’ mission to the moon and other planets. “Through the Artemis program, we have entered a bold new era of space exploration,” said NASA Director Jim Bradenstin. We are delighted to see so many incredible Americans applying to join us. “
“The next generation of astronauts from Artemis will help us explore more of the moon than ever before and lead us to the Red Planet,” Brydonstein said. The event was announced earlier this year and spread on the Internet through a social media campaign called ” BeAnAstronaut.” The entire application window will be closed from 2 March to 31 March.
This isn’t the first time NASA has issued a generic request for future astronauts, and it’s not the last. This time, NASA hopes to bring together people with master’s degrees in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics). The previous recruitment application period included a two-month window, while the most recent recruitment was opened for only one month.
As of April 2020, NASA has 48 active astronauts. As they suggested this week, “more personnel will be needed to work on spacecraft to multiple destinations and to advance exploration as artemis and beyond.” “
Over the past 60 years, NASA has selected 350 people to train astronaut candidates. Once selected, new candidates will enter the “Initial Skills Training” program for approximately two years. The training will include spacewalks, robotics and spacecraft systems, as well as what NASA calls “expeditionary behavioral skills such as leadership, followers and teamwork.”