Going into space was on my bucket list for a long time. It’s probably too late for me, but maybe not for you!
Apparently, NASA will soon begin accepting applications from potential astronauts. According to NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine, they’ll begin looking for “a diverse pool of candidates” for future space missions in March. To qualify for the gig, a candidate needs to be a U.S. citizen with a Master’s Degree in a STEM field like engineering, biological science, physical science, computer science, or mathematics. Applicants should also be certified test pilots with two years’ experience or 1,000 hours of flight time.
OK, I know I just eliminated a few more people.
“We’re on the verge of sending the first woman and next man to the moon by 2024,” Bridenstine says. “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. We’re asking all eligible Americans if they have what it to takes to apply beginning March 2nd.”
2024 isn’t that far away!
What’s even closer is that Apollo 13 is coming back to more than 600 theaters this April to commemorate the 50th anniversary of that mission. If you didn’t catch that movie back in ’95, it should be on your bucket list. And that one is easy to check off!