Are you “feeling the force?” If outer space has been calling your name, and you are a member of the US Navy or US Marine Corp, NASA may have a seat waiting for you.
It is no secret that NASA has had its funding cut drastically over the last several years. This, of course, has had an effect on all of its internal workings, and that includes astronaut selection. It was recently announced that the space agency is taking applications from qualified Navy and Marine personnel for inclusion into future astronaut training.
On December 15, both the Navy and the Marine Corps posted messages that invited qualified sailors and Marines to put in an application for astronaut training that will begin sometime in 2017. In order to qualify, certain criteria must be met:
- Applicants must by US citizens.
- Applicants must have at least 5 years active service by August 2017.
- Applicants must have at least a bachelor’s degree in biological science, engineering, computer science, physical science, or mathematics, and the degree must be from an accredited school.
- Applicants will need at least 3 years of job experience related to their degree, or have a minimum of 1,000 pilot hours in jet aircraft. Please Note: A Master’s degree can serve as a substitute for one year of professional experience; doctorates can substitute for three years.
- Applicants must pass the NASA long-duration astronaut physical.
- Applicants must have vision that is correctable to 20/20 in each eye; must be at between 5’2” and 6’3”, and must have a sitting blood pressure that does not exceed 140/90.
- In addition, applicants must also meet certain anthropometric requirements for both space suit and space vehicle specifications. (More information available at NASA.gov).
- Lastly, applicants will need to secure an endorsement from their commanding officer. Note: The Marine Corps has added that those who have been passed over for promotion, have had retirements or resignations approved, or have adverse material in their personnel files may not apply.
The screening panel for the Marine Corps will convene in March of 2016 and will forward their recommendations to NASA. Navy personnel who wish to apply may do so directly at USAJobs.com.
The message from the Navy included: “Successful applicants will be assigned to positions located at Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, and be involved in a 2-year training and evaluation program, after which they will enter the Astronaut Corps and be eligible for assignment as astronauts on future missions.”
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