In the future, the United States
along with some international partners, Japan, Canada, Russia, and the European
Space Agency, will operate a man tended space station. From the orbiting
space station, humans will continue journeys to Mars, the moon, and other
planets. While these plans are taking place, there will be more need for
qualified space flight professionals.
NASA continually accepts applications for the Astronaut Candidate Program.
Military and civilian personnel are considered program. About every
two years candidates are selected for pilot and mission specialist categories
MISSION SPECIALIST REQUIREMENTS:
Bachelor's degree in engineering, biological science, physical science,
or mathematics from an accredited institution. Three years of professional
experience in related area or master's degree = 1 year of work experience,
doctoral degree = 3 years of experience
Passing of NASA Class II space physical which includes the following standards:
Visual-distance acuity-20/200 or better uncorrected,
correctable to 20/20 each eye
Blood pressure-140/90 in a sitting position
Height between 58.5 and 76 inches
Applicants who meet these basic qualifications are evaluated by discipline
panels. Finalist are screened during a week long process of interviews , thorough
medical examination, and orientation. The Astronaut Board's recommendationsare
based on there education, training, and experience as well as unique qualifications
and skills because hundred of applicants fulfill the reuirments the final
selection is based on personal interviews. Astronauts are expected to be team
players and highly skilled generalist with just the right amount of individuality
and self-reliance to be an effective crew member.
Selected applicants are designated astronaut candidates
are assigned to a astronaut office at Johnson Space Center for 1 to 2 year
of training evaluation program. Civilian candidates who successfully complete
the training are selected astronauts and are expected to remain with NASA
for at least 5 years. Successful military candidates are detailed to NASA
for a special tour of duty.