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NASA Is Hiring Astronaut Candidates

NASA Is Hiring Astronaut Candidates

Maybe it’s our akin connection to Canada’s landscape that makes Canadians equally curious about space. From Roberta Bondar and Chris Hadfield to the Canadarm, we take great pride in our space exploration efforts. And who didn’t want to be an astronaut when they were a kid?

Well, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is currently looking for a qualified Astronaut Candidate via LinkedIn (U.S. citizenship required).

The educational minimum requirement is a “bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in engineering, biological science, physical science, computer science, or mathematics” but advanced degrees are desirable. You also need 3 years of related experience or 1,000 hours of pilot-in-command time in a jet aircraft.

An Astronaut Rating Panel or Astronaut Selection Board will evaluate the qualifications of applicants who will then undergo interviews, medical screenings and orientations. Selected candidates will enter the Astronaut Candidate Program and undergo a training and evaluation period of approximately two years. Successful completion depends partly on ISS systems training, EVA skills training, robotics skills training, Russian language training, aircraft flight readiness training and a swimming test.

Future astronauts may fly on the International Space Station (ISS), NASA’s Orion deep-space exploration vehicle or U.S. commercial spacecrafts currently being built. NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft, currently in development, are then next frontier of space exploration. They will send astronauts into lunar orbit and deep space environment to conduct operations in preparation for journeys to Mars.

See the full Job Description by NASA

Did you know?

  • Canada was the third country to send an artificial satellite into space
  • Canada was the first country to have its own domestic geostationary communication satellite network
  • The Canadian Space Agency, which administers the Canadian Space Program for the Federal Government, is an associated member of the European Space Agency and has collaborated with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Indian Space Research Organization and of course NASA in the world’s exploration of space



Written by: Amar Mirchandani @amarmirch



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