NASA’s New Astronauts

Amanda Ulick, Staff Writer

Starting on December 14th, NASA will be letting applications for the next training session for the new round of astronauts. The new generation of astronauts will begin work in 2017 with a 47-astronaut strong team.

The applicants must meet a demand of requirements in order to become astronauts. They must have a bachelors degree, although an advanced degree is preferred, in engineering, biological sciences, physical sciences, or math, and have at least 1,000 hours of jet aircraft flying experience. Applicants must also be able to pass the NASA physical test, have eyesight that is either 20/20 or can be corrected to 20/20, and have a height between 62 and 75 inches tall.

Out of thousands of applicants, NASA has only chosen 338 of them since the year 1959. The applicants that become the new generation of astronauts will be able to fly to any one of the four different spacecrafts in their careers.