NASA Now Hiring Astronauts.

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    NASA is now accepting applications for future Astronauts to go the the ISS and beyond to Mars.
    http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2011/nov/HQ_11-385_Astro_Apps.html
     
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    That is interesting that they are doing that.
     
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    It may sound sad to admit to this, but I still get excited about this stuff.......very interesting story; thanks for posting it.
     
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    My wife used to work for NASA - she encouraged me to apply a couple of days ago. Strangely, at least as far as their stated requirements - I'm pretty well qualified. Of course, so are the thousands of others applying as well! But it's like the lottery, you can't win it unless you're in it, so I threw an application in.
     
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    Very cool. Good luck.

    At least I can still call you fly-boy if you get it. :D
     
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    That is awesome, maybe you will be the first person to step foot on Mars.:cool:
     
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    The very best of luck with it. I'm impressed, and well done for applying; when I was a small kid (watching the original moon landings absolutely enthralled and entranced) I used to dream of being able to do something like that.
     
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    ^^^ thanks guys! I don't hold out much hope for getting the call, though. :)
     
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    They announce the class in 2013 but do they say how long training is before first blasting off? Of course they still need to get the new rockets tested. First unmanned test flight in 2014.
     
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    My Very Best Wishes

    And good luck. I wish I was young enough to try! Mars? Let us know how you go!!!
     
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    Wow, that's awesome. :) Good luck!
     
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    Get the wife to apply too.

    BABIES IN SPACE!!!! :)
     

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    It depends when Russia or China can get us there :(.
     
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    From the application itself, the only relevant part I could find is:

    So it looks like a minimum of 2 years as a Candidate, but I'm sure there's plenty of additional training once you're through.
     
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    Keep reaching for the stars, Snoops, but you think airline food is bad? ;)
     
  18. MacNut thread starter macrumors Core

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    I would imagine the core group that they are looking for will be trained for the orion project that is still many years out. I don't think many of the new hires will be getting rides from the russians and will be focused instead on NASA's future projects. The current astronauts will be making ISS trips.
    NASA is hiring for long term not the near 5 year ISS missions. By the time these new recruits are ready to fly we will have our new rockets ready to go.
     
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    Haha - I get around having to eat airline food by packing my own lunch. Can't imagine NASA would let me do that, though!

    It's nice to dream, but my app is one of thousands, I'm sure. I meet the qualifications, but I'll bet for every one of me there's a huge number of people much, much more qualified.
     

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