NASA has announced vacancy for astronauts who shall take on an exciting mission to Mars by 2030. Applications are being accepted from Dec. 14 until mid-February.
NASA is now looking for a group of American space explorers who shall inspire the Mars generation to reach for new heights and help the agency achieve the goal of putting boot prints on the Red Planet, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said in the announcement. “Those selected for this service will fly on U.S. made spacecraft from American soil, advance critical science and research aboard the International Space Station, and help push the boundaries of technology in the proving ground of deep space,” Bolden added.
Russia, China and U.S. are racing to Mars. Russia is currently training four monkeys to take on the mission by 2017. China is developing space infrastructure to land human on Mars by 2020.
“This is an exciting time to be a part of America’s human space flight program. NASA has taken the next step in the evolution of our nation’s human spaceflight program – and our U.S. astronauts will be at the forefront of these new and challenging space flight missions,” Bolden further said.
NASA is looking for an Astronaut Pilot and Mission Specialist Astronauts. Requirements for the Astronaut Pilot are as follows:
-Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in engineering, biological science, physical science or mathematics. An advanced degree is desirable. Quality of academic preparation is important.
-At least 1,000 hours pilot-in-command time in jet aircraft. Flight test experience is highly desirable.
-Ability to pass a NASA space physical similar to a military or civilian flight physical and includes the following specific standards: Distant visual acuity: 20/100 or better uncorrected, correctable to 20/20, each eye, and blood pressure: 140/90 measured in a sitting position Height between 62 and 75 inches.
Mission Specialist Astronauts, who work with the commander and the pilot, needs to have:
-Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in engineering, biological science, physical science or mathematics. Degree must be followed by at least three years of related, progressively responsible experience. An advanced degree is desirable and may be substituted for part or all of the experience requirement. Quality of academic preparation is important
-Ability to pass a NASA space physical which is similar to a military or civilian flight physical and includes the following specific standards: Distant visual acuity: 20/200 or better uncorrected, correctable to 20/20, each eye, and blood pressure: 140/90 measured in a sitting position Height between 58.5 and 76 inches.