Job applications to be a NASA astronaut are officially open for the first time in four years. Nasa is hiring two astronauts — one man, one woman — to travel to the moon within the next three years to explore its south pole. That trip, NASA said, is part of the agency’s next big mission — to establish “sustainable exploration” with “commercial and international partners” on the moon by 2028.
NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said the agency is seeking “diverse” astronauts from “every walk of life.” Jim Bridenstine stated that “America is closer than any other time in history since the Apollo program to returning astronauts to the moon. We will send the first woman and next man to the lunar South Pole by 2024, and we need more astronauts to follow suit on the moon, and then Mars,” He continued with “We’re looking for talented men and women from diverse backgrounds and every walk of life to join us in this new era of human exploration that begins with the Artemis program to the Moon,” “If you have always dreamed of being an astronaut, apply now.”
The application is open to the public, you have to be a U.S. citizen to apply. A master’s degree in a STEM field is required, or equivalent experience as narrowly-defined by NASA. Finally, the agency is also looking for at least two years of “related, progressively responsible professional experience.” There is an online test that applicants must take and you will have to complete a financial disclosure statement. Selectees will be designated Astronaut Candidates and will undergo a training and evaluation period lasting approximately two years. Applications are being accepted until March 31 and the listed salary range was $104,898 to $161,141 per year. If interested apply here https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/561186900 The last time NASA solicited applications for new astronauts was 2015, when 18,300 people applied. The agency selected 11 of them. They graduated from training earlier this year.