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NASA may have retired the Space Shuttle, but there are still plenty of manned space missions for the International Space Station and beyond. To ensure that there is a pool of qualified candidates, the agency is accepting applications for the Astronaut Candidate Program.

"For 50 years, American astronauts have led the exploration of our solar system," said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. "Today we are getting a glimpse of why that will remain true for the next half-century. Make no mistake about it, human space flight is alive and well at NASA."

The minimum qualification includes a Bachelor's degree in engineering, science or math and three years of relevant professional experience. Most pilot candidates have extensive experience flying high-performance jet aircraft, while mission specialist  applicants frequently have significant qualifications in engineering or science.

NASA is also seeking teachers from kindergarten through Grade 12 as part of its Educator Astronaut Program. It is similar to the Teacher in Space Project, which was cancelled after Christa McAuliffe died in the Challenger Disaster.

Qualified individuals can submit their applications through the federal government's website through January 27, 2012.

Extensive applicant interviews and evaluations will be undertaken in 2012, and NASA expects to announce the final selections early in 2013. Astronaut training will begin that summer.

Those selected may end up being the first to pioneer a new generation of commercial
launch vehicles
and travel aboard new heavy-lift rockets to distant destinations in deep space.
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Current Astronauts
By Ringold on 11/16/2011 3:49:54 PM , Rating: 2
This sounds like a PR move; whats wrong with the existing astronaut corps? Especially when we have, you know, any manned space program active?

Speaking of PR, this reminded me of a great commercial that won a competition some years back but NASA, to my knowledge, did absolutely nothing with. Spending some taxpayer dollars to run stuff like this on TV to encourage the public to understand where the REST of their taxpayer money is going may be reasonable. Debatable, ideally people would pay enough attention it wasn't necessary, but running this during Dancing with the Stars may be the only way to reach out:

RE: Current Astronauts
By JediJeb on 11/17/2011 2:08:46 PM , Rating: 2
This sounds like a PR move; whats wrong with the existing astronaut corps? Especially when we have, you know, any manned space program active?

Most likely they will be too old to go up once we get things going again. Need some younger ones to be ready then ;)

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