Pittsburgh native James Irwin was one of 19 astronauts selected
by NASA in April of 1966. He became the 8th man to land on
the Moon on 1971 July 29. Now, a search is on for more
astronauts to carry-out the future missions of NASA
(Image Source: NASA).
By Glenn A. Walsh
Reporting for SpaceWatchtower
Today (2015 December 14), NASA is now accepting applications for the position of Astronaut. Applications will be accepted through 2016 February 18. Final Astronaut candidate selections are expected by mid-2017.
Successful applicants could fly on any one, or more, of four spacecraft: International Space Station, one or two commercial crew spacecraft in development (Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner and the SpaceX Crew Dragon), and NASA's Orion deep-space exploration vehicle.
“NASA is on an ambitious journey to Mars and we’re looking for talented men and women from diverse backgrounds and every walk of life to help get us there,” said NASA Administrator and former astronaut Charles Bolden. “Today, we opened the application process for our next class of astronauts, extraordinary Americans who will take the next giant leap in exploration. This group will launch to space from U.S. soil on American-made spacecraft and blaze the trail on our journey to the Red Planet.”
NASA is seeking Astronaut candidates from many different backgrounds, including engineers, scientists and physicians.
Astronaut candidates must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in engineering, biological science, physical science, computer science, or mathematics. An advanced degree is desirable. Candidates also must have at least three years of related, progressively responsible professional experience, or at least 1,000 hours of pilot-in-command time in jet aircraft. Astronaut candidates must pass the NASA long-duration astronaut physical.
More about a career as a NASA Astronaut & application requirements:
Link >>> http://astronauts.nasa.gov/
NASA News Release on Astronaut Search:
Link >>> http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/be-an-astronaut-nasa-accepting-applications-for-future-explorers
More on the life of the late NASA Astronaut James Irwin:
Link >>> http://buhlplanetarium2.tripod.com/bio/Pghastronauts.html#irwin
Sources: NASA, Glenn A. Walsh Reporting for SpaceWatchtower, a project of Friends of the Zeiss.
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