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NASA is hiring new astronauts to explore the Moon and Mars

NASA is hiring new astronauts to explore the Moon and Mars

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Recent SLS milestones include production completion of the Artemis I core stage flight hardware for first flight, now at Stennis Space Center for its final major test; delivery of booster aft exit cones to Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and completion of booster design certification review and first five-segment booster flight set; completion of the RS-25 engine hot-fire series for the first four SLS flights and attaching the RS-25s to the first core stage for testing; and NASA testing of avionics systems at its Marshall Space Flight Center that will control launch and guidance systems for the rocket.

The requirements for a Master's degree in science, engineering or mathematics (STEM) can also be met by being two years into a STEM PhD, or by being a test pilot, one of the most well-worn paths to the astronaut corps.

NASA is preparing to send one man and one woman to the moon as part of the emerging Artemis program, and its asking American scientists, pilots and engineers who think they have the right stuff to apply within. "For the handful of highly talented women and men we will hire to join our diverse astronaut corps, it's an incredible time in human spaceflight to be an astronaut".

The proposal requests $25.2 billion for NASA in 2021 - the agency got $22.6 billion in 2020 - with a dedicated $3.4 billion in funding for a human-rated moon lander system, the first time since the Apollo program in the 1960s that NASA could get dedicated funding for that kind of hardware. Astronauts to be accepted will take part in the Lunar mission to be carried out until 2024 and the Mars mission to be carried out until mid-2030. "We're inquiring as to whether they have what it to takes to apply starting March 2", NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a news discharge.

New this year is the requirement for a master's degree in a STEM field, including engineering, math or biological, physical or computer science.

Candidates must also have at least two years of "related, progressively responsible professional experience" (whatever that means), or at least 1,000 hours of pilot-in-command time in jet aircraft. The last class of NASA astronauts, who finished their course last month, were picked from an exhausting list of 18,000 applicants. The request would boost the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's budget by 12 percent for the fiscal year that starts October 1, with almost half of the funds going toward the "Moon to Mars" program, which includes the development of lunar landers, robotic rovers, heavy-lift rockets, and new spacesuits.

After completing training, the new astronauts could launch on U.S. rockets and spacecraft developed for NASA's Commercial Crew Program to live and work aboard the International Space Station, 250 miles above Earth, where they will take part in experiments that benefit life at home and prepare us for more distant exploration. US President Trump is promoting NASA for a mission to land on the Moon by 2024.

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