NASA is hiring new astronauts – Here's how you can apply for a trip to the Moon

  • 14 Mar - 20 Mar, 2020
  • Mag The Weekly
  • Mag Files

If you ever wanted to jet off to space, your chance has finally arrived. NASA just opened applications for its newest class of astronaut recruits and will be accepting submissions until March 31 at 11:59 p.m. But don’t get too excited – there are numerous guidelines applicants have to meet, such as the agency’s education and specialised experience requirements. NASA says the application process is a multi-stage one and will involve multiple evaluations. They’ll judge how well applicants communicate information in written, oral and visual media; make informed decisions; stay motivated; employ complex technical information and their ability to work well with others. Candidates in the final stage of the application process will undergo interviews, medical and psychiatric screening, as well as additional assessments. For the lucky few who make it through the process, they will still have to complete the Astronaut Candidate Program, which requires completion of training in spacecraft systems, extravehicular activity, Russian language abilities, aircraft flight readiness and team skills, among others. After getting hired, recruits can look forward to a salary of about $104,000 to 161,000 per year (with the added perk of going to space, of course).