NASA is accepting applications for the 2009 Astronaut Candidate Class. On their recruitment page they throw out motivators like “America needs YOU at the frontiers of space and technology!” and “NASA HAS SPACE FOR YOU!“. Heck yeah!
As you’ll see below it may not pay that well depending on your education and experience, but what the heck, at $59k you get to go to space!
Those selected could fly to space for long-duration stays on the International Space Station and missions to the moon. From NASA’s Director of Flight Crew Operations at the Johnson Space Center:
We look forward to gathering applications and then being able to select from the largest pool possible. Continuing our impressive record in successfully carrying out challenging human spaceflight missions depends on maintaining a talented and diverse astronaut corps.
To be considered, a bachelor’s degree in engineering, science or math and three years of relevant professional experience are required. Typically, successful applicants have significant qualifications in engineering or science, or extensive experience flying high-performance jet aircraft.
After a six months of evaluation and interviews, NASA will announce final selections in early 2009. Then astronaut candidates will report to Johnson in the summer of 2009 to begin the basic training program to prepare them for future spaceflight assignments.
They’re accept applications through July 1, 2008 at http://www.usajobs.gov
So I went to that site and found the open job position, where it does call out ISS ops but not the fact that it may end up being missions to the moon once you’ve proved your chops, I suppose it’s a given.
Salary: 59,493.00 – 130,257.00 USD per year
Duty Locations: Houston
Open period: Tuesday, September 18, 2007
to Tuesday, July 01, 2008
- Position subject to pre-employment background investigation
- U.S. citizenship is required
- This is a drug-testing designated position
- Frequent travel may be required
- Selectee must pass a pre-employment medical examination
More information is at the Astronaut Recruitment page.
Found via NASA Press Release.
Time to ‘Cowboy Up’ my peeps, let’s ride!