Who Wants To Be An Astronaut? Over 12,000 People, Apparently!

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NASA is looking for the “Artemis generation.” And they’ve got no shortage of astronaut applicants!

Straight to the Moon! Many young men and women—over 12,000 to be more specific—stand ready for that challenge. They’ve all applied to be a part of the Artemis mission as astronauts. Of course, not everyone can be an astronaut. In fact, there are physical and psychological requirements that would, quite frankly, weed out most of us. Still, a lucky few hit both the nature and the nurture lottery and end up with the right stuff. With 2024 fast approaching, NASA’s ready to start screening applications. Do you have what it takes to be an astronaut?

Here’s Why NASA Wants You!

In a statement yesterday, April 1st, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said, “We’ve entered a bold new era of space exploration with the Artemis program, and we are thrilled to see so many incredible Americans apply to join us.” He continued, “The next class of Artemis Generation astronauts will help us explore more of the moon than ever before and lead us to the Red Planet.”

That last bit, about getting to Mars, is a crucial reason for the Artemis program’s existence. Through the lessons learned during the Artemis missions, NASA engineers, administrators, and astronauts will sharpen the skills they need to get to the next planet over. The fact that NASA received so many astronaut applications in the first month of recruitment speaks to the renewed excitement over space exploration in our culture. We’re hungry to know what’s out there, and we’re not satisfied with just sending robots. We want to touch the soil for ourselves. We want to be astronauts!

Applications closed on Tuesday (March 31st) and now the agency has the task of reviewing all 12,000 potential astronauts. Additionally, the job requirements are a little more strict now than they used to be. In a statement, NASA officials said, “For this round of applications, NASA increased the education requirement for applicants from a bachelor’s degree to a master’s degree in a science, technology, math, or engineering field.” In addition to the more stringent education requirements, astronaut applicants will also need to demonstrate physical and mental fitness for the job.

NASA expects to announce their final selection for this class of astronauts by the middle of next year. 

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Brandon Humphreys

Brandon Humphreys

I'm a wizard. I write stuff and it goes from my head into yours - Magic! Apart from that, I am the Senior Editor for Space Porn, a veteran, a rock guitarist, and a teacher.

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