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Need a Job? Want to be an Astronaut?

NASA's opened up the application process for its Astronaut Corps in Houston.


Mountain View has no shortage of smart, hardworking and physically fit people. Maybe one of them wants to be an astronaut.

The National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA) recently opened its application process for astronauts. According to the online description "NASA has a need for Astronaut Candidates to support the International Space Station (ISS) Program and future deep space exploration activities."

That's because even though the space shuttle , its final flight, the agency plans to continue sending people to space.

But you have to have worked hard and studied math and science, Atlantis on a visit to NASA Ames in August.

"We are fortunate, we are very lucky," Ferguson said about the opportunities he's had to go to space. "But at the same time, a lot of it is hard work. And I send those encouraging words to young men and women who aspire to something like this."

The application process is opened until Jan. 27, 2012. Astronauts can expect to earn between $64,724 to $141,715 per year.

randy albin November 29, 2011 at 09:36 PM
does anyone one recall the challenger spaceship tragedy? it seems like a nasty job to me
Claudia Cruz (Editor) November 30, 2011 at 02:12 AM
The Challenger tragedy was indeed an awful tragedy. Lest not forget the Columbia either. However, the space shuttle program had 135 missions and fortunately only two disasters. I think that overall NASA has proven it can get people into space and back. Besides, space exploration has led to innovations and discoveries that help people on earth today. Astronauts are key to the effort. If people want to take the risk, like the members of the military and law enforcement do everyday, then this could be the right fit for them.
Alicia C. November 30, 2011 at 05:36 AM
Challenger is definitely a "i remember where I was" moment. That said, I agree with Claudia.

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