NASA has just announced that it will open up the astronaut candidate selection process in November of this year. So if you've got at least a bachelor's degree in a math, science, or engineering-related field, plus three years of professional experience, here's your shot to travel to the International Space Station and possibly beyond.
Since 1959, when the Original Seven were named the first-ever astronaut class, only 330 individuals have been selected as astronauts to date. The astronaut corps has included engineers, doctors and teachers. Not all astronauts have a military background, either, though NASA does note that a successful applicant might have experience flying high-performance jets.
What might these newly minted astronauts fly on? NASA's press release states that this class, expected to begin training in 2013, will fly on "transportation systems now in development." Right now, both SpaceX and NASA have systems in development, and NASA is also supporting a Commercial Crew Program, with the goal of developing a safe and efficient transportation system.
The most recent astronaut class is the class of 2009, made up of nine men and women selected from over 3500 applications.
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