Entering space is something that many people dream of, and now that dream can come true thanks to NASA.
The space agency has revealed that it is hiring new astronauts next month for future missions to the moon.
Jim Bridenstine, NASA administrator, explained: “We are celebrating our twentieth year of continued presence aboard the International Space Station in low Earth orbit this year, and we are about to send the first woman and the next man to the Moon. By 2024 .
"For a handful of highly talented men and women that we will hire to join our diverse body of astronauts, it is an incredible moment in human space flight to be an astronaut.
"We are asking all eligible Americans if they have what it takes to register as of March 2."
Unsurprisingly, the job has several strict requirements.
But do you have what it takes to be a NASA astronaut? Scroll down to see how many of the requirements you meet.
Do you have what it takes to be a NASA astronaut?
To become a NASA astronaut, you must have:
1. US citizenship
2. A master's degree in engineering, biological sciences, physical sciences, computer science or mathematics
Alternatively, you can have:
– Two years of work towards a doctoral program in a related field of science, technology, engineering or mathematics
– A complete doctor of medicine or doctor of osteopathic medicine
– Completion (or current enrollment that will result in completion by June 2021) of a nationally recognized test pilot school program
3. At least two years of professionally related and progressively responsible experience or at least 1,000 hours of pilot-in-command time on jet aircraft
How to apply
If you check all these boxes and want to subscribe, you can visit www.usajobs.gov on March 2nd.
As part of the application process, you will be asked to take an online assessment – this should take about two hours.
What will successful candidates do?
After completing the training, the new astronauts could live and work on board the International Space Station.
They can also be launched on the NASA Space Launch System rocket and the Orion spacecraft, anchoring the probe to the Gateway in lunar orbit before traveling to the moon's surface – something NASA plans to do in 2024.
Finally, after landing on the Moon, successful astronauts could travel to Mars in the mid-2030s.