NASA is hiring its next class of astronauts

  • NASA is hiring its next class of astronauts

NASA is hiring its next class of astronauts

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

Wanted: The next generation of astronauts to walk on the Moon and journey to Mars.

Representatives from the two syndicates, as well as from Northrop Grumman together with NASA, came on a panel on January 30, during the 23 Yearly Commercial Space Transportation conference to feature all the methods that private syndicates are targeting for the lunar surface. Gaining new experiences on and around the Moon will prepare NASA to send the first humans to Mars in the mid-2030s. The space agency has advertised an astronaut for these two major space studies.

With 48 astronauts in the active astronaut corps, more will be needed to crew spacecraft bound for multiple destinations and propel exploration forward as part of Artemis missions and beyond.

"With the increased interest level that we experienced in our previous application period, we made the decision to move several assessments to the beginning of the process as a pilot, to help ensure that the applications that are evaluated by the Astronaut Rating Panel best reflect the requirements of the position", NASA's astronaut selection website explained. NASA has announced its graduate degree in engineering, physics, computer science, biology and mathematics as a prerequisite.

And, assuming you meet all of those requirements, you'll have to pass NASA's long-duration spaceflight physical. Following the physical tests, astronaut candidates will be given a two-year basic training. The next class will be selected by mid-2021 and then, the newbies would begin their two-year training program at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

And the pay: Astronauts hired from the private sector will be paid anywhere between $55,000 (Rs. 39 Lakh approximately) to $120,000 (Rs. 85 Lakh approximately). Candidates who will apply from the United States army will receive a different payment.

NASA took its first seven astronauts into office in 1959. After the last landing on the Moon in 1972, no people were sent to the Moon again.

NASA plans on returning humans to the moon by 2024, after which plans are being made to establish sustainable lunar exploration by 2028. NASA is looking for some talented and eligible women and men to join this time; the application procedure will start from March 2.