ONE SMALL STEP FOR APPLICANT, ONE GIANT LEAP TO LAND NASA JOB
NASA’s latest round of astronaut candidate applications is going to be tough: with a recordbreaking 18,300-plus applications and just 14 spots, applicants have less than a .08 per cent chance of getting picked for training.
Until now, the record for astronaut applications was a relatively puny 8,000 and hadn’t been challenged since 1978. Only 6,300 applied in 2012, and that was the second-biggest application pool of all time.
Why are so many Americans suddenly set on seeing the stars up close? NASA has embraced social media in recent years, and the agency delighted in feeding bite-sized bits of space exploration inspiration to the public in 2015. It was an amazing year for space: NASA’s New Horizons mission completed a historic flyby of the Pluto system, and the worldwide excitement over the event couldn’t have made for better public relations.