Of course, not just anyone can be an astronaut, only 330 people have been selected as NASA astronauts since the first team in 1959 called the "Original Seven." The list of NASA basic requirements for the Astronaut Candidate Program is specific. Candidates must have:
- US citizenship
- Height between 62 and 72-inches, as well as a resting blood pressure not to exceed 140/90.
- 20/20 vision, though corrective eye surgeries like LASIK are allowed.
- Bachelor's degree in engineering, biological science, physical science, computer science, or mathematics. Despite the space flight factor, aviation degrees do not qualify.
- Three years of relevant professional experience or 1,000 hours of pilot-in-command time in a jet aircraft.
Acceptance in to the Astronaut Candidate Program doesn't even guarantee you'll see space time. The final selection is dependent on the completion of training including Space Station systems, robotics skills training, learning Russian, and aircraft flight readiness. Astronaut candidates earn between $64,000-141,000 per year.
Should you meet the basic requirements and have always dreamed of exploring the final frontier, get started on the application immediately! From the time the job posting closes on Jan. 27, 2012 candidates can expect over a year long hiring process including extensive interviews and medical examinations. Watch NASA's astronaut recruiting video, which even showcases the inevitable human exploration of Mars.