Be an Astronaut:
HOW TO APPLY
The agency is accepting applications from qualified candidates through mid-February, according to a press release, but candidates will have to anxiously await results until mid-2017. Hopefuls can apply throughUSA Jobs. The administration encourages those who want to learn more about becoming an astronaut to visit thissite.
There are 47 currently active NASA astronauts. The agency chose eight astronauts for its last class in 2013. Among the class are previous commanders of the U.S. Navy and Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps, and those with advanced degrees in science-related fields.
"This is an exciting time to be a part of America's human space flight program," Brian Kelly, director of Flight Operations at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston wrote in the press release. "NASA has taken the next step in the evolution of our nation's human spaceflight program – and our U.S. astronauts will be at the forefront of these new and challenging space flight missions. We encourage all qualified applicants to learn more about the opportunities for astronauts at NASA and apply to join our flight operations team."
Here are the eight astronauts selected in 2013
After an extensive year-and-a-half search, NASA has a new group of potential astronauts who will help the agency push the boundaries of exploration and travel to new destinations in the solar system. Eight candidates have been selected to be NASA's newest astronaut trainees.
View the 2013 Astronaut Class Gallery
Learn about the astronaut selection and training: www.astronauts.nasa.gov
Learn about the application procedures here