NASA: HELP WANTED
NASA will soon be hiring astronauts again. The federal space agency notes that there are “more human spacecraft in development in the United States today than at any other time in history,” and will begin accepting application on Dec. 14. And the rides here?
“The next class of astronauts may fly on any of four different U.S. vessels during their careers: the International Space Station, two commercial crew spacecraft currently in development by U.S. companies, and NASA’s Orion deep-space exploration vehicle,” NASA notes in a new advisory: they seek pilots, engineers, scientists, medical doctors. No call for journalists at the moment, though.
“This next group of American space explorers will inspire the Mars generation to reach for new heights, and help us realize the goal of putting boot prints on the Red Planet,” says an optimistic Charles Bolden, NASA administrator.
The age of astronaut hires has raged all the way up to 46; the average age is 34. Yes, U.S. citizen is a must and military and civilian applicants are welcome. “Salaries for civilian Astronaut Candidates are based upon the Federal Government’s General Schedule pay scale for grades GS-11 through GS-14. The grade is determined in accordance with each individual’s academic achievements and experience. Currently a GS-11 starts at $66,026 per year and a GS-14 can earn up to $144,566 per year,” NASA advises.
The journey begins at Astronauts.NASA.gov