NASA Seeks Astronaut for Mars and Moon Missions

Marshall Space Flight Center satisfied with 2021 fiscal budget proposal

National Aeronautics for Space and Administration (NASA) is all set to onboard its next batch of "Astronaut Corps".

The basic requirements to be a NASA astronaut is to have United States citizenship and a master's degree in a STEM field including engineering, biological science, physical science, computer science, or mathematics, from an accredited institution. They then have to successfully clear NASA's long-duration spaceflight physical examination.

NASA will send the first woman and next man to the Moon by 2024, which is part of its Artemis program, and apply lessons learned there to send astronauts to Mars.

A handful of new ones will be hired for the astronaut corps and begin training.

These "Artemis Generation" astronauts could end up on the International Space Station or future planned missions to the moon and Mars. They can even be part of the missions to the Moon and beyond. "We're asking all eligible Americans if they have what it to takes to apply beginning March 2". After the first stage astronaut candidates are accepted for the Artemis mission, in 2021, NASA will accept new astronaut applications for the second time. Fields such as engineering, biological science, physical science, computer science, or mathematics, from an accredited institution, will be considered. The eligible candidates need to have at least two years of professional experience.

NASA saw a record number of applicants for its 2017 astronaut class.

The new astronauts, upon completion of training, could launch on American rockets and spacecraft developed for NASA's Commercial Crew Program to live and work aboard the International Space Station.

You'll need a relevant Master's degree, be prepared to live and work 250 miles (400 kilometers) above Earth on the International Space Station, and be a U.S. citizen.

In addition, all applicants will, for the first time, take an online assessment that will require up to two hours to complete. The request would boost the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's budget by 12 percent for the fiscal year that starts October 1, with almost half of the funds going toward the "Moon to Mars" program, which includes the development of lunar landers, robotic rovers, heavy-lift rockets, and new spacesuits.

NASA plans on returning humans to the moon by 2024, after which plans are being made to establish sustainable lunar exploration by 2028.

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